At the very beginning, there were 150 startups selected, 50 in the semi-final, and 11 in the final. After two days of incredibly fierce Startup Competition at IT ARENA, Uatag placed second overall, received $ 5 000 grant from CRDF Global and mentorship program from 1991 Open Data Incubator.
The Startup Competition took place on the 29th and 30th of September during IT Arena, the biggest tech event in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. More than 50 startups were selected for the competition before the event to pitched their ideas on the Startup Scene to win the attention of jury members and worthy prizes. Startups participating in the Competition have all been hand-picked to participate in the highly competitive startup battle. They all presented in front tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win.
The Startup Competition jury included: Boris Guitton - Head of digital business development department at Credit Agricole, Jane Klepa- Executive director at 1991 Open Data Incubator, Evan Madden-Peister - Mentor at Starta Accelerator, Daria Demchenko - Business Development at CardPay, Greg Banas - CEO/Partner at Ad Ventures, Martin Kaszubowski - Executive Director of the CRDF Center for Enterprise Innovation, Serhiy Nozdrachev - Serial Entrepreneur - KMBS, Rune Theill - CEO at Rockstart, Andrew Pavliv - CEO & Founder at N-iX, Vlad Tislenko - CEO at Concepter, Kiryl Mazur - Head of Ecosystem & Partnerships at UNIT.City, Semyon Dukach - Managing Partner at One Way Ventures, John Sung Kim - CEO at JetBridge, Matt Wallaert - Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health, Nick Bilogorskiy - Cybersecurity Strategist at uniper Networks.
“Last week was an important one for UATAG! We're happy you spent these 3 unforgettable days at IT ARENA. The Startup Competition was tough, but we made it, only because our team strongly believe in our future success and clearly see where to move on. Many thanks to CRDF Global for your recognition and faith in us. Thanks to ІТ Arena team and Startup Depot. Lviv Business Incubator, who organized the entire competition and managed all the stages. Especially the jury members. Their feedback was very important for us. We still have a lot of work to do and need some luck to reach our main goal. But with this recognition, it is much easier for us. We were really excited about the level of the Startup Competition organization: starting from the qualifying stage up to the finale - everything was impeccable. We regularly attend a variety of events all over the world, therefore the scale of IT Arena impressed us. We're looking forward to having back next year with new bigger achevents!" - Taras Rodtsevych, Founder at Uatag.
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