The opportunity to pitch is always a win – in more than one sense of the word. On pitch day for the “Pre-accelerator in Ukraine – powered by EIT Jumpstarter”, 16 Ukrainian teams had the opportunity to win, learn and to connect with each other.
The event in a nutshell
The power of innovation was on full display on this occasion. The event brought together some of Ukraine’s most promising entrepreneurs to showcase their cutting-edge ideas and compete for monetary prizes and access to the EIT Community’s network. Hosted by EIT Jumpstarter, the programme aims to support Ukrainian innovators as they turn their concepts and discoveries into thriving businesses. This programme is part of the RIS programmes EIT Manufacturing offers.
Sixteen teams were selected from over 150 applicants to present their pitches, each hoping to impress the expert jury of industry leaders and secure one of the top three spots. At the event, Dr Konstantinos Georgoulias, Director of Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) and EU Affairs, and Dr Veronica Rodriguez, RIS Operations Manager, extended a warm welcome to all the participants, setting the tone for a day filled with excitement and anticipation.
The competition was nothing short of intense, as a panel evaluated the pitches with great scrutiny to determine who would be awarded the monetary prizes worth 7,500€, 5,500€, and 3,500€. Moreover, the competition offered participants an exclusive opportunity to gain access to the IT Communities network resource for any ambitious innovator.
Results of the Pre-Accelerator Pitch Day Ukraine
In the first place was OptySun, whose revolutionary technology promises to bring clean drinking water to remote and underprivileged communities around the world. Powered by solar energy, their device can purify and disinfect water, producing nine litres of drinking water in just 30 minutes. And with its triple-stage purification technology, OptySun guarantees the destruction of 99.9% of bacteria, making it an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to traditional bottled water.
The second place was awarded to Geodesic, a company dedicated to creating sustainable and affordable geo domes made primarily of bio-degradable materials. These incredible structures offer families a cleaner environment and a greener future. Due to their dome shape, the structures have a lower surface area, thus significantly reducing energy costs by relying on passive heating and cooling methods. With Sweden as their chosen market, Geodesic hopes to lead the way in sustainable real estate.
Coming in third was Reest, whose solution tackles the problem of labour shortage by developing robots that can replace pickers. These robots not only increase efficiency by detecting diseases early on but also ensure a better yield and greater economic savings. Explicitly designed for mushrooms with soft skins, the robots are programmed to monitor the yield status and avoid damaging the delicate produce. With a solution like this, the labour shortage in the agriculture sector will be tackled head-on, and the efficiency of the food supply chain will be greatly improved.
A glimpse into the organising team
Reflecting on the competition’s intent, Dr Georgoulias expressed EIT Manufacturing’s commitment to launching more such opportunities in the future for aspiring innovators in Ukraine.