Curious about what happened at the final event of EDI Experiment Phase? After two days of hard work, great pitches and a lot of emotional moments, 8 lucky teams were chosen to continue their path to the final Evolve phase.
Day 1: Coaching and technical evaluation
On the morning of 18th of February, the EDI teams that were part of Experiment Phase met in Bilbao and were welcomed for the final 2-day stretch of the EDI ‘Experiment’ phase.
The day started early, with every team arriving at Deusto University willing to take the last opportunity to improve their pitches and guarantee they would deliver their results in the best possible way. The startups met with their coaches and data providers for a last review of their results and to get some feedback on their MVPs.
In the afternoon, the startups went on for the first challenge of the two-day event: the technical evaluations. At this moment, everything they had done during EDI Experiment Phase was analysed, questioned and evaluated according to pre-defined criteria, such as use of EDI data, scalability and sustainability.
It was an intense challenge, but the first obstacle was over and so was the first day! It was time to relax, take a bite and socialize with other startup members, the data providers and coaches.
After a sleepless night for some of the most nervous participants, the big day had arrived: it was Pitching Day!
One after the other, all 18 startups gave their best on stage, showing the results of several months of hard work and persistency. Every pitch was followed by a set of questions made by the evaluators, regarding their sustainability, their value proposition and what did they need to reach the next level.
The tension in the auditorium was palpable, since every participant knew what a big moment it was: their pitch was the last step between them and the Evolve stage of EDI, which would allow them to embark on a 2-month phase of launching their MVP into the market, including a trip to Berlin for expert support and mentoring.
Finally, it was time for the big announcement! The startups who were crowned the winners were: