In the beginning of this week, the beautiful city of Budapest hosted another CEE Women Startup Competition and I was there…
Amazing teams, good presentations by ambitious and intelligent young female entrepreneurs, cool venue – Prezi House of Ideas – full of enthusiasm and spirit, tough questions from the jury …and the winners are:
1. Gubbio (Hungary) – a customizable mobile app for children and their family living with autism.It supports understanding, setting up daily agendas. It helps parents with sending reminders and collects data for further processing.
2. Comfee (Estonia), a smart device to retrofit ordinary window blinds to save time and energy. The solar powered, removable device clips onto existing blinds and automatic ally adjusts position of slats according to the room temperature, lighting conditions, changing weather and time of day. Comfee is a graduate from the Tartu-based hardware accelerator BuildIt (we already wrote about them). Comfee is the first project that got funding, EUR 50k, still looking for EUR 100k …
3. Key2Office (Austria) is a transparent B2B marketplace for finding and sharing space to meet and work in Europe. The idea came after noticing the need for flexible working and meeting spaces, on the other side the empty office spaces.
The main goal of the competition is to increase awareness of female entrepreneurship in the CEE region by collecting the most outstanding female startups of the region. The competition would like to be a source of inspiration for women by providing opportunity year by year to the best teams to present their projects in front of potential investors.
Amongst all other professional criteria the condition of applying for each teams was to have at least 50% of the teams consist of girls or women.
“While in Europe, the ratio of female founded startups are below 21 percent, we feel that there is a need to inspire, educate and unite them whenever we can. CEE Women Startup Competition is an excellent place for that” – says Támas Muller, founder of the contest.