The winner of PowerUP! 2017 Estonian Finals is UBIK Solutions!
During the regional final of the PowerUp! by InnoEnergy Competition, the jury has selected the best Estonian start-up working on energy-related innovations: UBIK Solutions!
Nearly 160 start-ups from 23 countries of Central Europe participated in the third edition of the Competition organised by InnoEnergy – the biggest European accelerator in the cleantech industry. The regional final held in Tallinn, similarly to the 11 remaining regional finals (that took place in Hungary, Greece, Croatia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, etc.), was preceded by intense bootcamps.
"It was a very well organized event. I mean not only Estonia's final event itself, but also preparatory training and team support, all of which helped to reach the peak and made the performance appealing to the final event", said Andre Lindvest, CEO of UBIK Solutions.
The participants were assessed not only in terms of the professional content but also in the context of business awareness and the potential of the team and product. Conducted by the Australian comedian Louis Zezeran, the event included an inspirational presentation given by Jesper Parve, a blogger, writer and world traveler, who spoke of his own example of how important it is to have something to do or to dream of acting on it following his life-motto "if you want something, go get it".
During the regional final, the top 6 start-ups from Estonia presented their innovative solutions to the jury, investors and media representatives. The highly representative jury panel was composed of:
- Tomasz Jastrzębski, Business Creation Manager at InnoEnergy
- Martin Goroško, Startup Incubator Manager Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol
- Jana Pavlenkova, CEO at Prototron
- Margus Uudam, Founding Partner at Karma Ventures
- Ivo Remmelg, Board Member of Estonian Business Angel Network (EstBAN)
- Egert Valmara, Programme Director at Skeleton Technologies
With PowerUp! 2017 Estonian Finals winner award, UBIK Solutions will represent Estonia on November 22nd at the PowerUp! Grand Final in Budapest, where they will face competition against the other 11 regional winners. The winners of the Finals can get a cash prize of up to 20k€ and access to the influential InnoEnergy Highway Accelerator (with an investment of up to 150k€), which will bring real ideas and projects to the market and develop into successful companies.
(Photos by: Rasmus Kooskora)