Friday, July 31, 2015

Who will walk away from TechCrunch Meetup in Krakow a Winner?

Paul Chen

Last night at the foot of the majestic Wawel Castle in the Metaforma Cafe, TechCrunch held their third night of pitching and networking on their tour of Poland. The tour was headed by John Biggs, the East Coast Editor and organized and hosted by Ralph Talmont, the head organizer of TedxWarsaw. We here at KSUP were proud to be one of the official partners of the event along with Estimote, Innovation Nest, and NCBR.

We had some inspirational keynote speeches. Ela Zielinska of Get Smarter told the crowd that they just have to try whatever you want to do. She added:  statistics may say that only 10% of startups will succeed but math says 50%. Piotr Wilam talked about seed funding and other ways to raise funds. It includes crowdfunding like Kickstarter and Syndicate Investors like the ones from AngelList. He has announced an AngelList Investor Syndicate is in the process of forming in Krakow. Wilam also advises that win or lose, you should try to learn from the process  and to keep your investors in the loop of your progress.

Then came the Pitch-off! 

The panel of judges included:

Jakub Krzych - Founder of Estimote
John Biggs - East Coast Editor of TechCrunch
Wojcheich Olszenka - Investing Manager of Giza Polish Ventures
Elizabeta Zielinska - Operator of Get Smarter
Piotr Wilam - Managing Director of Innovation Nest

The participants were:

Husarion - They use electronic, software and cloud to make powerful robots in easy way and developer of Robocore. Robocore is the operating unit of a robot that you can build yourself. They brought along a dog feeding robot that you can operate remotely. Despite some hiccups, they finally got the robot to “pee” at the end of the night.

Riftcat - They want to become the Steam of VR games by building a marketplace for VR game developers. They say that their platform is hardware independent. - They offer a seat cusion with built in sensors with a dedicated app that will help you with your sitting posture. Bad sitting postures can often lead to certain health related problems later in life.

The Other Dude - A mobile app allowing people to exchange contact info with one swipe without typing or searching. Users decide what info to exchange - private and business. - They use voice biometrics to help you verify your identity. Applications can include e-banking, m-commerce, and IoT. - They support every independent producer and director by providing a professionally recognised broadcasting platform that generates high viewing figures and pays you the highest ad-share revenue.

The runner up was Husarion with Robocore and their dog feeding robot. I think they tried to do too much with their pitch. I saw a telepresence device that they had in earlier events, they should have gone with that one. They got tickets to a TechCrunch Disrupt anywhere in the world.

The winner of the night was with their voice biometric technology. They walked away with a table at a TechCrunch Disrupt anywhere in the world.

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