Last Friday, Nick Fannin and Vlad Ivanov joined entrepreneurs, academics, and business incubator managers from around the world to listen to nine amazing business pitches. It was a fantastic way to end Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020.
This pitching workshop was part of the eBridge Alliance. eBridge Alliance brings together 16 international universities, research institutes, industry partners, start-ups, capital providers and civil societies to work together on global challenges based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Pavlina from the Strascheg Centre for Entrepreneurship in Munich kicked off the pitching session by congratulating all the entrepreneurs for choosing to work internationally. She also highlighted her hopes for people to think about entrepreneurship as a plan ‘A’ , rather than something one might pursue down the line.
Pavlina was also joined by our very own Nick Fannin from Bright Red Triangle, Thomas Katona from Cal Poly in California, Aleksy Efimov from St. Petersburg Polytechnic, Omar Garcia from Hochschule Esslingen, and Petra Pendl from FH Campus Vien.
This part of the programme aims to empower students to think entrepreneurially, develop innovative solutions to address global challenges in line with the Sustainable Development goals, and develop new business-to-business co-creation projects along with business models for the transformation of economies.
We had nine teams pitch their diverse ideas, which was great to see!
We had a team from Vienna who are looking to develop a new dating platform based on horoscope similarity. An entrepreneur from St. Petersburg looking at implementing RFID technology for warehouse operations optimization, and a team that aims to make growing herbs and vegetables at home a fun and easy process.
Although some of these ideas are still at a very early stage, the panel was very impressed by the dedication of the teams as well as the work and research that they have put in their projects.
On Monday, 23 November, we also had two Edinburgh Napier entrepreneurs take part. Pete McLean, our in house business adviser was there to support. Pete said,
”I was delighted to hear Steph pitch her Body Engineers fitness business for the first time. It’s very early stage but lots of potential in a growing market.”
”Rory from Tiger Bay Sports and ethically sourced spots wear brand gave a clear and informed pitch. Definitely one to watch.”
We here at BRT are definitely looking forward to seeing how these projects progress.
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