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RG Challenge19 Winning Start-ups Announced

RG Challenge19 Winning Start-ups Announced
RG Challenge19 Winning Start-ups Announced

The winning RG Challenge19 start-ups were announced at the Dragons Den final pitch event, which took place at London Business School on Thursday 4th July. After completing an intense 11-day accelerator programme working on their business plans and pitches with over 30 international high profile mentors and industry experts, the entrepreneurs pitched to a panel of investor judges and an international audience. Fifteen start-up teams with a connection to Greece pitched to three investor judges and a closed audience of international investors, mentors and Reload Greece partners.

The RG Challenge19 cohort included many innovative start-ups from digital and high growth sectors such as Medical, Education, Gaming, Fashion, Energy, and Materials. Over 11 days, the teams effectively progressed their businesses alongside a broad range of specialist mentors and the entrepreneurs benefited from immersion activities at Visa’s innovation Lab and Google Campus Tech Hub demo pitch night. The programme included inspiring sessions by speakers such as Elliott Saba (Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank), Steve Vranakis (Executive Creative Director, Google Creative Lab), John Bradford (Co-Founder, F6S), Anthony Danon (Early-stage VC, Speedinvest), Phillipa Sturt (Managing Partner, Joelson), David Farquharson (Partner and Co-Founder, Ignition Law) and Xenofon Voudouroglou (Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Beotel Net ISP).

At the final Dragons Den pitch event, the investor judges chose the winner of the Judges Award and the audience voted for their favourite start-up in the Audience Award. There were many innovative and disruptive ideas and compelling pitches and after much deliberation the three judges, Garry Pratt (Chairman, Kinderly), Chrysoula Zervoudakis (Co-Founder, STRIBA Ltd) and Peter Prince (Senior Vice President, Corum Group International), awarded Digital Health Technologies the top award.

RG Challenge19 Judges Award Winner

Digital Health Technologies have developed an innovative electronic system for healthcare professionals which promotes impatient pathway standardisation. Kyriaki has extensive experience in the healthcare sector which was essential to the design of Digital Health Technologies unique InCare system which takes a ground-up, clinician-centred approach to create a digital, interactive clinical environment. The system will allow patients to be treated in a safer and more efficient environment and will allow healthcare professionals to work in better working conditions. It is expected that they can save up to 5400 lives per year, create new jobs, attract talent and create savings of up to £2million per hospital.

The inspiring start-up joined RG Challenge19 after winning the 2018-19 RG YEP Young Entrepreneurs Programme. The team won 6 months free co-working office space at Central Working London, 3 legal sessions from Joelson Law and a 1:1 with angel investor Xenofon Voudouroglou.

After she won the award, Kyriaki Mitsiou-Begg, Founder and CEO of Digital Health Technologies said: “I feel very honoured and proud to have won RG Challenge. The 11-day programme was exceptional, very informative and practical, and it allowed us to develop the right skills and become investment ready. The mentors were highly qualified and experienced and the pitch preparation allowed us to develop confidence and deliver a

professional pitch. Pitching to investors was an amazing opportunity and the RG Challenge award will help Digital Health Technologies to progress to the next step and get closer to our vision of saving and improving lives.”

RG Challenge19 Audience Award Winner

The audience voted for their favourite start-up pitch and materials tech startup Biomimetics won the vote. Biomimetic have developed an innovative technology for creating anti reflective glass surfaces using laser light. The team joined the RG Challenge accelerator through Reload Greece’s partnership with the National Bank of Greece’s Business Seeds programme. The team was awarded with a 3-hour legal session with Ignition Law, a strategic consultation plus online training with Communication Strategist Anna Roberts and a 1:1 session with angel investor Chrysoula Zervoudakis.

After winning the RG Challenge19 Audience Award, Biomimetic Co-Founder Andreas Lemonis, said: “RG Challenge19 was an intense programme which pushed us to our limits and took us out of our comfort zone. As a team with a technical background and without much knowledge of business and marketing, Reload Greece helped us to feel more confident about our next step and the strategy we need to follow for our business. Every single member of the RG team, including the organisers and the mentors, gave us something to take with us back to Greece. We are really glad we had the chance to participate in the programme and we recommend other teams to join RG in order to bring their business one step closer to success.”

After the event, Angela Stathi, Reload Greece CEO said: “During RG Challenge19 the startups worked really hard and they progressed tremendously. It was fantastic to see the Judges Award awarded to Digital Health Technologies, who won a place on the programme after winning the 2018-19 Reload Greece Young Entrepreneurs Programme and the Audience Award going to Biomimetic, who joined RG Challenge through Reload Greece’s partnership with the National Bank of Greece’s Business Seeds accelerator. This year, our Dragons Den event was by invitation only and we had a broad range of international investors attending. For our future activities, we are working to continue to build bridges between Greece with the rest of the world. To increase our access to both Greek talent and experienced Greek professionals, we plan to extend our presence and programmes across Europe, the Balkans and America. Our goal is to strengthen our relationships with the wider ecosystem in Greece and to support more talent. We are proud of our expanding network of international mentors which has grown into a community of over 150 highly skilled professional and academic mentors. We plan to expand our cooperation with investment vehicles that directly and indirectly help startups who graduate from our programs and to also strengthen our collaboration with our partners without whom Reload Greece would not exist.”

Hear more about the RG Challenge accelerator programme – https://www.reloadgreece.com/rg-challenge19-2/

About Reload Greece: Reload Greece, a UK-based educational charity, are building a new generation of entrepreneurs to create ventures with a positive impact on their home countries. Our activities include four main programmes: the Young Entrepreneurs Programme (RG YEP) pre-accelerator for early stage startups, RG Challenge accelerator for investment ready startups, the Pre RG Challenge bespoke pre-accelerator and RG Connect, our annual thought leadership conference. Our model of entrepreneurship successfully harnesses the power of the Diaspora and we engage an active community of over 20,000 Reloaders.

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