On Tuesday, 15th of October, SharOn Academy DemoDay took place. Final five has pitched for the very last time in front of the international jury, which later on deliberated and chose the winner. As an unpredicted twist judges decided on rewarding two best teams.
Last Tuesday, in Google for Startups Campus in Warsaw, there was the last face-off of the best SharOn Academy contestants. Teams from Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Poland and Slovakia met to present their sharing economy concepts in front of the audience and most importantly – judges who were to decide on the winner. International jury consisted of mentors accompanying participants during mentoring, which has been carried out earlier this year in partner countries.
The theme of the event and SharOn project along was sharing economy – concept of sharing goods, services, and time without transferring ownership over it. After the introduction and welcoming guests, came time for the Pitch Contest. One by one, teams were invited to the stage to tell more about their projects, mission, purpose, business models and expansion plans. Each presentation was followed by a Q&A session, during which jury was given a voice.
Whilst the jury was discussing on the winner in the main room the first panel took place. Panelists were focusing on possibilities arising from sharing economy concept and its future in terms of ecology and economy challenges. When the discussion ended and the audience asked their questions, there was a time for a break and networking.
Then came the long-awaited moment – announcement of results. The Jury was happy to announce that the winning team was Plenti from Poland – team providing a marketplace platform for sharing electronic devices on demand. Winners were rewarded with entering passes for three events having a great value in startup community: Wolves Summit, Startup Grind, and Infoshare. As the VIC – Very Important Choice – team from Italy, came up second, they were granted with an additional prize – entrance tickets to upcoming Web Summit.
The event ended with a debate into which the jury was invited. Mentors shared their experiences from the mentoring stage and the acceleration program overall. They also expressed their hopes for participating teams and gave some useful tips and hints on what to do next.
We would like to congratulate all teams for a great performance, most of all our winners who did a great job on every stage of the acceleration program.
We would also like to thank our panelists, mentors, and everyone involved in organization of the event – without you it wouldn’t be such a big success.
We will most certainly stay in touch with our contestants, as we are sure they are definitely the ones to watch!