The Grand Finale of ABSL Start-Up Challenge took place in mid-June. Representatives of internationally recognized business shared services organizations have chosen outstanding young Polish entrepreneurs. ChallengeRocket, a platform for IT recruitment through competitions and online tasks, was acknowledged as the best in this competition.
The Grand Finale of the ABSL Start-Up Challenge took place at the 8th ABSL Conference. Selected at regional semifinals in 7 Polish cities, each of the seven finalist had 3 minutes and 1 slide to convince the jury members that their project is the best.
The winner, ChallengeRocket, presented itself as an online platform which has the chance to change how IT recruitment is done. The platform helps IT specialists searching for the most interesting jobs. They do it by completing online tasks and programming simple games. According to the jury, this project has the greatest chance for extensive cooperation with international companies.
Each finalist had a chance to answer jury’s questions. The questions concerned the business model and potential competition in the market, among others. Every start-up had a chance to present their ideas. Among finalist, except ChallengeRocket, were:
The winner of this year’s competition had the possibility to present its project during the Polish Tech Day in London. And they did very well! The winner of the Pitch to London 2017 competition is our last year’s winner – the Packhelp start-up (Zapakuj.to). The runner-up was ChallengeRocket.
It was the second edition of ABSL Start-Up Challenge. The rivalry was intense – more than 100 start-ups submitted their applications to the contest. From all the submissions, 70 applicants were chosen to participate at the semifinals stage in seven Polish cities: Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Trójmiasto, Warszawa i Wrocław. In each, up to ten start-ups presented their enterprises.
At the semifinal stage, start-ups from different branches presented – from smart systems, controlling the number of bees in the region, to pharmaceutical equipment with artificial intelligence. Each start-up representative had up to 5 minutes to present their idea. They were judged by a jury composed of the member companies of ABSL in each region (ABSL Chapters). Seven best start-ups were invited for a final pitch in Lodz, one per chapter.
During two months of ABSL Start-Up Challenge, three Partners: P&G (main Partner), Skanska and Lodz Special Economic Zone, put a lot of energy in judging the participants of the contest. Representatives of those companies attended every regional semifinal and shared their knowledge and know-how with young entrepreneurs. One of the semifinals took place in the spacious P&G Office, another one in beautifully restored old Grohman Factory – now the headquarter of Lodz Special Economic Zone. Semifinals in Wrocław and Katowice were organised in modern offices built by Skanska.
The Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL), as the leading organization representing the business services sector in Poland, aims to increase the levels of innovation, that is why the ABSL Start-Up Challenge contest was initiated. Behind the idea of it stands the notion that corporations and start-ups can cooperate and benefit from each other. In exchange for the stability, management and know-how, the international companies want to learn flexibility and quick reactions to the changing market.
The Jury board on stage was composed of:
Date: June 14th, 2017
Place: 8th Annual ABSL Conference - Machine Hall
1. Virtubio (winner of Cracow semifinal)
2. Wooddy (winner of Katowice semifinal)
3. TakeTask (winner of Lodz semifinal)
4. Nibulo (winner of Poznan semifinal)
5. Emplocity (winner of Tricity semifinal)
6. Scanye (winner of Warsaw semifinal)
7. ChallengeRocket (winner of Wroclaw semifinal)
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