BETAPITCH Mostar 2018: Winners

Author: Nikolina Zeljko | Category: Events | Posted: 09.11.2018
The second international startup conference and competition BETAPITCH Mostar 2018 successfully finished, and if we have to point out a single sentence that marked the whole event, it would be “Startups are the future of this country. Out of 90 entries for this startup contest, 14 were selected for the semifinals of BETAPITCH, which took place on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 in SPARK. Ten of them were selected for the finals held at the Amphitheater at the Faculty of Economics, University of Mostar, when they had a chance for a five-minute pitch before the jury (Sanjin Osmanbašić - SPARK, Miloš Lazović - Swiss EP, Jah Ying Chung - The Good Growth Co., Ismail Šehić - CEE FREIRAUM, Nikolina Babičić - Intellyo, Đenan Džumhur - DHL and Enida Cero - BH Telecom) and investors. #TWIN took the first prize at #BETAPITCHmostar and will join Investors Day & betapitch Global 2018 next week in #Berlin! They also got the direct entrance to the SPARK startup acceleration program! The best BH startup is Bizbook.ba, and they went home with 1000$-worth computer awarded by United States Department of State. The third prize goes to these three startups - Bizbook.ba, Amplius electronics and The Badger, and it’s a trip to IEEE Congress in Sarajevo and direct entrance to the CEE FREIRAUM acceleration process for each of them awarded by CEE FREIRAUM. Conference visitors were part of free lectures, meetings with potential investors and business partners, debates on the latest topics from the startup world and some serious networking. After the official opening of the conference by SPARK startup program lead Sara Lerota, Ambassador of the German Embassy in BiH, Christianne Hohmann, the representative of the US Embassy in BiH, Holly Zardus, and NSoft's representative, Ana Sović, briefly addressed the audience. United States is interesting in future leaders anywhere in the world. Entrepreneurs see the problem and take the risk to try something new. We want to partner up with that kind of people. It will develop the economy in this country. We also see SPARK is a leader in this field.” said Holly Zardus, attache for culture and education of the US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina in her speech at BETAPITCH Mostar 2018 conference. Keynote speakers followed with useful startup topics: Keynote #1: What Young Entrepreneurs Need to Succeed in a Startup - Malcolm Duerod (International Burch University) Keynote #2: Life-Changing Moment - Armin Talić (Bit Alliance) Keynote #3: Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence - Emir Pašić (CEE FREIRAUM) Keynote #4: What Founders Need to Grow - Jah Ying Chung (The Good Growth Co. - Hong Kong) Keynote #5 - On Startup Ole 2018 Event - Emilio Corchado (Startup Ole) Keynote #6: Think Global - Rešad Začina (Ministry of Programming). There was also a panel discussion on "Local and International Startup Ecosystems" with Emilio Corchado (Startup Ole, Spain), Amra Sofić (BH Telecom, BiH), Emir Pašić (CEE FREIRAUM, Germany) and Derek Goodwin (Global Entrepreneur Programme, UK). For the visitors of the conference, we also organized a prize game under the sponsorship of SYNC company - the task was to publish a creative photo with the #BETAPITCHmostar and #SYNC hashtags. The most creative photo was taken by Rada Galić, who won the JBL Go2 speaker. This two-day startup gathering ended with stakeholder dinner and party in Gastro Pub Gonzales. Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who joined our event! This free event was organized by SPARK and betahaus, with great support from sponsors (American Embassy, NSoft, Sportradar, BH Telecom, CEE FREIRAUM, SYNC, STARK, DHL, City Spa, Leda) and partners (German Embassy, Ekonomski fakultet Mostar, International Burch University, UWC Mostar, CKM, FIT, Ekonomski fakultet Univerziteta u Mostaru, Ekonomski fakultet u Sarajevu, Swiss EP, Asocijacija poduzetnika Hercegovine, The Good Growth Co, BH Futures Foundation, GEP, Startup Ole Accelerator, INTERA, HUB387, HUB385, Mozaik, Networks, BeeZone, Invento Capital Partners, Empirica, IT Girls, ZeForge, Bit Alliance, Ministry of Programming, Intellyo, IAESTE, AIESEC, BEST, American Corner, Omladinski kulturni centar BL, FSRacing Team, Steleks, and Gastro Pub Gonzales). #SPARKevent #SPARKstartup #BETAPITCHmostar
--- This article was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.
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