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Meet the 15 startups that made it to the finals of our pitch competition on April 24 in Barcelona

On April 24th we’ll host this year’s EU-Startups Summit at the Auditori AXA in Barcelona. Aside of fireside chats with inspiring founders, interesting speeches, and networking opportunities, we’ll have an exciting pitch competition with 15 promising startups from all across Europe.

Pitch-Competition-PrizeThe winning startup will receive a prize package worth €68,000. The package includes prizes/credits from cloud technology provider Aruba Cloud (value: €50,000), social media monitoring tool Senti.One (value: €9,000), the project management & invoicing solution Teamleader (value: €3,300), Spaces. coworking membership for 2 people / 1 year (value: €3,600), the design marketplace 99designs (value: €1,500) and our Job Board (value: €600).

In total we reviewed 507 applications from all across Europe. The precondition was that applying startups should be in pre-seed or seed stage, not older than 2 years, and have to be based in Europe. Aside of the idea, market potential and the founding team, we also tried to evaluate English and presentation skills. It was a tough decision, but here are the 15 early-stage startups that made it to the finals:

WunderAI-logoWUNDERAI is a German startup which lets companies read the minds of their customers during online shopping via a simple API integration. By augmenting digital touchpoints with empathic sensors, companies can now enter a new stage of customer intimacy by knowing their customers’ conscious and unconscious drivers of decision making.

Lovys-logoLovys is the first 100% digital, all-in-one and flexible insurance provider. One single interface, one single monthly-subscription for all the insurance needs. The UX of insurance is being re-designed, so it becomes simple, transparent and personal. Lovys is based in Paris and enables user to manage their home, car and electronics insurance though one single app.

Syncbnb-logoSyncbnb is a Greek startup that helps Airbnb hosts multiply their revenue by listing their properties on many more channels (Booking.com, Homeaway, Tripadvisor, etc.) and then they make sure home owners don’t get any double bookings by synchronizing their calendars in real time. This way Syncbnb increases occupancy rate and revenues for Airbnb hosts.

Eelp-logoEelp! is an on-demand personal assistant for everything you need. The Barcelona-based startup offers an all-in-one services integrator. AI technology combined with an assistance team. Pure mobile (iOS & Android & WhatsApp service). New business lines are a mobile concierge for hospitality and perks for corporates.

BlockPit-logoBlockpit is a monitoring platform for cryptocurrency traders. The Austrian fintech startup Blockpit provides automated real-time calculation of gains/losses and tax liability, based on the latest regulations. Monitoring for corporates in fintech, energy and logisitics is offered as well.

Cartwatch-logoCartwatch is a Berlin-based startup that uses artificial intelligence and deep learning methods to tackle theft in the retail sector. By utilizing existing cameras or installing Cartwatch’s own, they are able to run state of the art detection and classification algorithms to detect various forms of theft automatically.

Medicsen is a non-invasive artificial pancreas for diabetes based on a learning algorithm, a chatbot app and a needle-free insulin smartpatch. The Madrid-based startup also gives therapy advice (B2C subscription model, fostering B2B agreements with app as information channel beyond the pill).

Unispotter-logoUnispotter is a Vienna-based startup that digitizes 80% of the agent process for university applications and adds high level human touch where necessary. They are able to convert leads to enrolled students 45x better at half the costs of classic agents. This way, Unispotter helps universities to optimize the recruitment of top notch international students.

Play2Speak-logoPlay2Speak is a Madrid-based startup that digitizes content and, through artificial intelligence, helps language learners (consumers and corporates) practice English within engaging experiences. These experiences are based on virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile/web.

Landbot-ioLandbot is a Valencian startup that lets users create conversational websites, but unlike other chatbot platforms, Landbot is focused on helping companies with lead generation. It’s based on a freemium model, which means that a limited version is offered for free and more serious Londbot users pay a monthly subscription fee.

Digitail-logoDigitail is a Bucharest- and Barcelona-based startup that digitalizes the health card of pets and applies AI in order to offer predictive and proactive health solutions. Their technology comes with a full-fledged software solution for veterinary clinics and an app for pet owners.

FlyScribe-logoFlyScribe provides passengers the flexibility to finally fly last-minute through subscriptions or one-time purchases at lower-than-published fares. The Paris-based startup created a digital platform that airlines can use as a depository for seats that are going unsold at the last minute.

Statice-logoStatice is a Berlin-based startup which created an automatic data anonymization software that allows you and your partners to easily leverage and process existing or new personal data and ensures that no personal information is ever exposed (GDPR ready).

Arbor-logoArbor helps you to save money on a recurring basis. Founded in Madrid, Arbor is the tool that works with your current bank account and allows you to generate recurring day-to-day savings in small quantities without impacting your lifestyle.

AI-Park-logoAIPARK: Searching for parking is annoying and causes 30% of all urban traffic, creating significant air pollution. The German startup AIPARK develops a cloud-platform and IoT-sensors to provide the best-in-market information about parking spots in cities.

Interested to join? Secure your ticket now! Aside of the 15 startups listed above, we’ll have many more exciting startups and high profile investors at the event. And we kept it affordable: The three ticket categories we’re offering (€85 – €195) already include food and drinks during the main event. Tickets can be purchased here!

Our Event Sponsors

Catalonia-Trade-InvestmentCatalonia Trade & Investment is the public agency that works to attract foreign investment to Catalonia, promoting the area as attractive, innovative and competitive business location. Check their offerings and the Catalonia Startup Directory.

dynamics-logodynamics – powered by MHP – is the home of collaborative innovation. Set to launch in 2018, dynamics will offer access to unparalleled industry expertise, funding, and mentorship through tailored programs created for stage-agnostic startups in the Future Mobility, AI, Predictive Analytics, Smart Cities, FinTech, Manufacturing, IoT and Robotics, and Cybersecurity spaces.

Cloud-logoThe .cloud Registry is the official provider of the .cloud domain extension, which has been adopted by small businesses, rising startups and established enterprises. With over 132,000 registrations in over 175 countries, .cloud is one of the top new TLDs. The extension is operated by a subsidiary of the Italian hosting giant Aruba.it.

ArubaCloud_logoAruba Cloud, one of the cloud computing leaders in Europe, provides startups with the best cloud technology and a three-year program to support them in developing their business. By taking part in We START you UP, selected startups have up to €50,000 of free cloud credit, technical support, an European network of Data Center, and many more exclusive benefits to help them in the market.

EDI-logoEDI is a big data incubator which offers up to €100k equity free funding for EU based startups which sort out big data challenges for a myriad of organisations and sectors. EDI’s 1st call will open during Spring 2018. The 45 selected startups will also have access to a free cloud environment, data from major providers, free tech & business support and access to a network of data specialists.

KIC-EuropeKIC Europe opens up the opportunities for Korean startups and SMEs to expand into the European markets by providing strategic support and networking. Also for European startups, KIC Europe provides the startup competition called “K-Startup Grand Challenge” to expand into the Korean market and the broader Asian market.

Metro-AcceleratorThe METRO accelerator is a highly selective mentorship program for technology startups across the entire value chain of hospitality and retail. Out of 100s of applications they select 10 startups. So far, they already invested in 40 startups world-wide. Together with their partner Techstars, they are one of the best hospitality & retail tech accelerator programs in the world, and the only one in Europe. Discover more about the program on their website.

Teamleader-logoTeamleader helps you and your team work smarter so your small business prospers. Bringing CRM, project management and invoicing together with an intuitive software solution, Teamleader enables your team to collaborate, organize and build your business.

Spaces-logoSpaces offers creative working environments with a unique entrepreneurial spirit and a great community. Add an international network of mobile workspaces and a full calendar of business events, speakers and networking lunches, and you’ll see just how Spaces keeps you engaged and open to new possibilities. Originating in Amsterdam, Spaces wants to redefine the way work is done.

Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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