MSc CFAFE representatives at „PowerUp! Competition”
This year MSc CFAFE students presented their ideas on 4th edition of the PowerUp! competition dedicated to start-ups. Competition was organized in 24 Central & Eastern European countries. Many Startups pitched their solutions to investors from all over the Europe in front of an international media and audience. The Grand Final of PowerUp! 2018 took place in Prague for a unique opportunity to participate in the pitching sessions, business networking & discuss with industry experts. The best cleantech start-ups from Central and Eastern Europe will presented their innovative ideas!
Applicants to PowerUp! also participated in boot camp workshops to hone their ideas and develop skills to accelerate their businesses towards commercialization – including professional mentoring during the competition
The country finals took place in Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece. The finalists were selected from 299 teams from the 24 Central European countries who applied to the competition.
MSc CFAFE students, a group of four (Hesham Adel Abdelaal, Mohamed Mufid Hakim, Kéki Szilveszter, Nouman Akram) with their startup iSunCool participated in the PowerUp Country Final Competition in Warsaw and then they were invited to attend the Grand Final in Prague. Students have participated in a two-day intensive bootcamp aimed at improving business plan and pitching skills supervised by international coaches. „That kind of guidance helped us to have a clear vision about out startup and how can we proceed in the future. Then, we have pitched our startup idea in front of professional judges from the industry” says Hesham.
–iSunCool : an innovative solar windows designed to make life more sustainable in terms of energy savings by allowing customers to use their windows as an insulator to reduce heating/cooling loads in addition to generate electricity and produce hot water as an energy source.
In addition, the networking environment during the final which took place in Prague helped students to get many contacts and informations needed for the development of their idea in the future.