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  • Eligent Accelerator Pitch Day showcased 8 international startups created for a better future

    On 28th November 2019 The Eligent Accelerator was hosting a live pitching competition at Regent Street Cinema where early stage startups from the UK and Europe were pitching their businesses to a panel of serial investors, aiming to raise a total of £2,000,000. 

    This is the first event of its kind organised in collaboration between Brunel Business School London and Eligent Club.

    Partners of the event: Brunel Hive, Input Program, Hult Founders Lab.

    The panel of judges included:

    Associate Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Brunel University London 
    Investment Director at Galaev & Co whose firm manages angel portfolios for Dragons Den’s investors, amongst others

    Advisor at Astia
    Partner at Basinghall Partners
    Founding Partner at HyperGROWTH Limited
    Managing Director at CommonRoom Ventures

    Richard Wallman, Eligent Club associate and Managing Director at Radiant Studios launched the event with an opening address. 

    Serial entrepreneur, writer and international speaker Matt Black was a Master of Ceremonies. Andy Brown, radio host, moderated the event.

    Master of Ceremonies
    Andy Brown
    Radio host, Event moderator

    The Eligent Club was founded by Entrepreneur in Residence of Brunel University London, Slava Baranovskiy, to create an international startup community of tech entrepreneurs to bridge academic knowledge and practical application, from business concept to market.

    This pitching event provided unique possibility to get recent tech industry insights, practical knowledge from top experts and professionals in the field of digital tech and ability to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and find exceptional talents to work with.

    The startups are from a variety of sectors across industry including  e-commerce, IoT, fintech, sustainability and other specialisations. 8 international startups were pitching:

    Zagrajmy (Poland)
    Ticket Ninja (Hungary)
    Paysme (UK)
    Freeasy (Hungary)
    JustBeThere (UK)
    Dwindle (UK)
    Playsic (Hungary)
    Creol (UK)

    According to judge panel voting, Paysme was awarded for the best investment pitch. 

    Derek Stewart
    founder of Paysme

    “I’ve pitched at many events in 2019 and have to say that the Eligent Club event was the best in terms of quality of venue, audio/visual communications, experienced judges, great pitches and a highly engaged audience from the world of finance and technology. It was also a surprise and an honour for Paysme to be selected as the best pitch on the day, which is a credit to all our team.”

    Creol was chosen as the winner of the "Audience Choice Award":

    Kristian Krogh
    founder of Creol

    “We are thrilled to have been chosen by the audience as the best startup, given the amazing pitches by the rest of the cohort. The Eligent Club Accelerator has been a great opportunity for the team at Creol, the progress made and the connections gained, have really boosted our approach and opportunities.”

    Hungarian startup Freeasy took the second place by public voting.

    Réka Bittera
    co-founder of Freeasy

    “Eligent Pitch day was an amazing opportunity for Freeasy, especially for establishing international connections. The venue was amazing, and we got really smart feedbacks and suggestions for the future. For me personally, Eligent Pitch day was a great opportunity to improve my pitch and practice confident answers at a tough Q&A session.”
    Vera Spiridopoulo
    member of judge panel

    “It was a pleasure to sit on a judge panel for such a diverse range of European startup companies. I would like to thank the founders and event organisers for high professionalism, interesting ideas and inspiration.”
    Bruno Levy
    member of judge panel

    “The event gave access to very high-quality early-stage European entrepreneurial teams. Some of the projects presented constitute very good investment opportunities.”
    Ilya Velder
    member of judge panel

    “It was a real pleasure to join the jury panel for 8 startups from the UK, Poland and Hungary, all of them demonstrated interesting solutions and dedicated teams.”
    Slava Baranovskiy
    Founder of Eligent Club

    “It was a great opportunity to showcase our Eligent Accelerator international startups working on their digital projects. Thanks a lot to our partners for support and all attendees for joining this event. I am very pleased to see growing interest of our programme and fellow startups by tech scene in the UK and across Europe. We will continue our intense work to accelerate startups for a better future.”

    Notes to editors:

    About the Eligent Club: 

    Eligent Club is a place to meet future tech unicorns and bright tech talents working on their ambitious digital startups in the UK and all across Europe. It's entrepreneurial community united by philosophy of not only to take, but also to give others. Eligent Club runs series events for entrepreneurs such as workshops, mentorship sessions, breakfasts with tech entrepreneurs, networking and pitching events (70+ events in 2018-2019 and 40+ events in 2020 in 10 countries)


    About the Eligent Accelerator:

    Eligent Accelerator provides 6-month step-by-step online programme for early stage digital tech startups in the UK and all across Europe on how to bring their product to the market and make it grow across internationally. Programme highly welcomes projects in sustainability, social impact, disruptive technologies such as IoT, blockchain, shared economy.

    Eligent Accelerator unites talented and ambitious like-minded entrepreneurs focused on their business and willing to help each other to succeed. With the programme startup founders can create successful track record of their projects via system of performance KPIs and pitch startups for early-stage investment. 


    About the Brunel Business School:

    Brunel Business School, housed in Brunel University London, is a dynamic and ambitious environment that fosters and promotes world class learning, excellence in teaching, whilst creating a global professional advantage for all its students. The School is well recognised by numerous international bodies and features prominently in many league tables, positioning itself within the best Business Schools in London and won the Business School of the Year Award by Times Higher Education in November 2013.

    Brunel Business School offers a range of specialized master’s and other postgraduate study options, including an MSc in Management. The school features in the 2018 edition of the QS Business Master’s Ranking for this particular course, which offers students the opportunity to learn more about marketing and branding, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and research.