After two intensive days of workshops, pitching and networking at the Innovators Summit in Brussels, it's a wrap! We've learned so much, with all the experts present at the very first edition of the SME Instruments Innovators Summit. European Innovation Leaders had a chance to meet partners, possible investors, peers and their SME Instrument project officers.
The closing session had a special guest - Katja Bergmann, a partner at a private investment company Moor, 'We invest in exceptional entrepreneurs with the passion to bring daring ideas into reality', Katja says introducing their motto. She gave some useful advice to all entrepreneurs. 'Find the right investor for your project!' was among them. Katja also highlighted how crucial a team can be in early stage start-ups. Another lesson she gave was to prepare a plan on how to propel the company to the market is essential, something that, according to her, is often omitted.
Entrepreneurs seeking to venture out of the EU could follow info sessions under the topic 'Swimming in foreign waters: doing business abroad'. Five different markets were on the menu: USA, South East Asia, China/Japan, India and United Arab Emirates.
The last day of the event was filled with workshops and pitching sessions where entrepreneurs put their skills to test after the first day's training. Award ceremony took place during the closing plenary, with best pitchers receiving a one-off 3D printed SME Instrument Innovators Summit trophy.
In the topic of health the best pitch was awarded to Des O'Leary from OncoMark. Their SME Instrument technology aims at commercialising prognostics for early stage breast cancer and filling existing market gaps.
Peter Langer from Novihum Technologies GmbH was selected as the best energy pitch. He pitched their sustainable solution that converts bad soil into better and makes brown coal clean.
Under the digital economy theme two pitches were awarded. Alexander Mifsud explained what Ixaris Systems does: they can build payment solutions from scratch, customized for each client, using their toolkit, apps and modules. Javier Diaz pitch about Seven Solutions was also one of the best. This SME solves demanding synchronization issues using sub-nanosecond time transfer and frequency distribution.
More than 600 participants had the chance to meet partners, investors and above all to learn and exchange business experiences. We will be running a series of articles on lessons learned at the SME Instrument Innovators Summit, so stay tuned!