One of the highlights during our EU-Startups Summit last week in Barcelona was clearly our big pitch competition. In total we received and reviewed around 950 applications from startups from across Europe. 14 of them made it to the finals and pitched in front of an expert jury and in front of the attendees who followed the program on the main stage. This year’s pitch competition featured an interesting mixture of exciting business models and ambitious startup teams, from nine different European countries!
In the end, it was the Berlin-based startup Tribe, which provides lifelike avatars with the ability to read and express emotion for customer service, that won the competition and took home the prize package worth €75,000.
The package includes €50,000 in AWS cloud hosting credits, €9,000 in credits for an enterprise package of the social media monitoring tool Senti.One, €8,500 in credits for the explainer video creation services from mysimpleshow, €2,000 in credits for the design platform 99designs, a Spaces coworking membership for 2 people & 1 year (value: €3,600), and €1,900 in credits for job posts on the EU-Startups Job Board.
Tribe is a Berlin-based startup that brings conversational AI to life; giving it a face and human emotions. Their realistic, lifelike 3D avatars are easy to create, and allow AI-powered customer support bots and virtual store assistants to express real human emotions on user interfaces; understand and react to the mood of users; and companies to collect rich visual, emotional feedback from customers that enable them to improve their decision-making and customer service models.
The company’s CEO Julian Hoelz delivered a very good pitch and not eventually conviced our expert jury and audience.
According to the jury, it was a tough decision, since there were many other strong startups that took part in the competition. As Marie-Helene correctly pointed out, it would be nice to see more female applicants and female founders at next year’s pitch competition. We completely agree with this observation and will try our best to motivate more women to apply next year!
Once again: Congratulations to the Tribe team and to the startup’s CEO Julian Hoelz, who represented the company on stage! And last but not least: A big “Thank You” to all participants at this year’s EU-Startups Summit. You were awesome! 🙂
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