Together with innovator and inventor Rims Vaitkus we had an opportunity to participate at the KIC InnoEnergy KICkoff Competition. It is a business idea challenge in CEE countries aimed at sustainable energy development. Teams from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia are invited.
With project "Floating island LUCKY DUCK" we have made it to the semifinal, that took place in Kaunas, Lithuania, from 30th of June to 5th of July.
As the main benefit of the event we definitely perceive the two-day pitch training session under the leadership of Estonian expert Gleb Maltsev. There were no slides and projector used for the whole training period. Instead, we focused on making a short, concise, clear oral presentation. Each of the participants could present his business project for a few times, receiving valuable feedback both from Gleb and the audience.
In the end we came up with a "perfect" 4 minutes pitch:
We did not make it to the Final, that will take place in Warsaw, in September. Our wish for the next time is to see more Latvian startups participating.
Elmars Baltins, Rims Vaitkus