Let’s start with some facts; You’ve probably never heard of Global Pitch and you’ve probably never heard of DealMatrix. In the world of thousands of startup competitions and festivals, hundreds of scouting and innovation platforms and hard to guess a number of startups and investors chasing them, it is impossible to know them all.
Let us say only this, DealMatrix is one of those SaaS cloud-based “innovation scouting and scoring” platforms which allow you to receive, store and score pitches and innovation proposals in a collaborative manner. It was borne in Europe, precisely in Austria and that makes them more unique and closer to our hearts. They also have some nice features like flexible scoring and collaboration but that's for them to tell you 🙂
So, why we support their efforts with hours and hours of our time? It is because we have respect for the courage. What team at DealMatrix decided to do to create their adoption breakthrough (they were not the first SaaS for innovation scouting) and to push the brand forward was cool and courageous! They decided to partner with different startup festivals (like 4YFN [https://www.4yfn.com/] - where we’ve met them) but also, they decided to create their own Global Pitch competition for startups. They are cloud platform, not chained to any location and so we believe that “global” approach was a great bet which will pay off. It was certainly a lot of work but....
The first ever Global Pitch competition with over 100 startups from all over the world was in 2017. Our very own Petr Palan was part of the inaugural global jury.
Now, in 2018, we’re celebrating the second run and Petr has just finished evaluating over 40 startup pitches and business models in two categories of our interest - Our Body and Our Cities. If you know us you may remember we have invested in projects related to transportation and cities (read about them here) and he's a lot into preventive fitness, wellness, and well-being as a replacement for reactive pharmaceuticals.
If you are interested to find out who the winners of 2018 are - just tune in to Global Pitch webpage (https://globalpitch.com/) after December 13th and you should be able to see the winners in each category there. Hopefully with hyperlinks to their website and social media presence 😉
And if you like the concept, spread the word or participate and send your pitch for the next year!
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