Nov 14, 2013 Liina Hilkamo
The winners of the Slush Demo Showcase and Pitching Competition were revealed on the Blue Stage on Thursday evening. And we are happy to announce that the winners of the contests are BetterDoctor and Weekdone. The jury consisted of experienced investors: Ilkka Kivimäki, Chairman of Startup Sauna & Slush, Roberto Bonanzinga, Parter at Balderton Capital, Patrik Backman, Managing Partner at Open Ocean Capital and David Gardner, Co-founder & General Partner of London Venture Partners.
Both of the winners were presented with a unique glass statuette, designed by the Finnish designer Panu Turunen, that by the way weighs 15 kilos. The winner of the Demo Showcase was also rewarded with 10 000 euros by AppCampus. Weekdone, the winner of the Pitching Competition, was rewarded with 10 000€ by Open Ocean Capital and a week in Berlin with Futurice.
The winner of the Demo Showcase, BetterDoctor, is a Finnish startup, that helps you find the right doctor for you. BetterDoctor was founded two years ago in the Bay Area and has already helped 5 million people find a doctor. Impressive, huh?
BetterDoctor solves the problem of 1500 different insurance plans and 1 million doctors. They have a simple app, which enables finding a doctor with one click. The mobile app, which was already seen in use at Slush, will go public in a few weeks.
The CEO and co-founder of BetterDoctor, Ari Tulla, seemed genuinely happy about the win: “Thank you! Two days ago I had no idea we would take part in the contest. This gives us a little more energy to continue what we do.”
The other finalist of the Demo Showcase was MakieLab.
The quality of the pitches in the finals of the Pitching Competition was impressive. Addsearch, Froont, WayRay and Weekdone came on the stage to show quite mature exciting products that were coupled with excellent presentations. We have no doubts that it was a very difficult choice for the jury. But we are happy to announce that the winner of the Slush 2013 Pitching Competition is Weekdone from Tartu, Estonia!
Weekdone is an easy yet powerful tool for managers to track what’s happening in their teams and an opportunity to give immediate feedback to their employees. In essence, it is a hassle-free weekly employee status reports, dashboard and feedback system. According to the winning pitch, the best part of this tool is that is suitable and easy-to-use for both managers and employees. It makes life easier for managers and teams can be more productive. Weekdone’s team of 5 has an ambitious goal – to be the single most used tool in any manager’s pocket.
Jüri Kaljundi, the founder of Weekdone comments on their victory: “I didn’t really prepare much for the pitching competition at Slush. I just came and told our story. It seems it has worked!”
One of the judges, Ilkka Kivimäki, comments on this year’s startup competitions:
“I am very proud that we had so many high-quality pitches this year. We had 1300 companies in Slush and 400 of them applied to take part in the competitions. The base was huge and of very good quality, so it was extremely hard for judges on all levels to find the best companies. It doesn’t really do justice to the teams that we only picked one team per track to the finals, because there were a lot of winners here.
We must remember that during these two days, there has been over 100 investor meetings per hour and those are the ‘make or break’ things for the companies, where you get funding and move forward. Let’s hope that all the finalists get a lot of publicity, which would help them forward!”
By Liina Hilkamo & Elena Zozulya
Photos by Sami Heiskanen, samiheiskanen.fi
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