Chivas The Venture 2017 slowly draws to an end. Each of the 30 finalist startups has a chance to reach for a million dollars of funding. For the next few weeks, you will have the possibility to decide which startup has presented the most world-changing project.
$250,000 will be divided amongst the finalists according to the public vote. Each week, you can cast one vote on this website. At the end of the week, the startup with the most votes will receive $50,000, and the voting will start again. The remaining $750,000 will be awarded to the winner of The Venture Final in Los Angeles, CA, on 13th July. There, the finalists will have five minutes each to deliver their pitches in front of a live audience of business experts, influencers and changemakers.
Chivas The Venture is a program dedicated to startups and entrepreneurs who engage in solving the biggest social challenges of the world. This year, the competition gathered nearly 6 thousand startups from all over the world. Each of 30 participating countries has chosen a national winner, who had the opportunity to participate in The Venture’s Accelerator Week at Oxford University. There, the finalists received all support and mentorship necessary to deliver a perfect pitch in July.
Six out of the 30 finalists are startups coming from the CEE region:
- NexBio is a Polish startup that uses biotechnology to diagnose crop diseases faster and cheaper than with traditional methods. They are currently developing a mobile ‘Lab in a box’ prototype that will enable farmers to conduct on-site pathogen testing.
- SENS Foods from the Czech Republic produces next-generation protein bars made with cricket flour. They are also planning to use insects to create a whole new range of sustainable food products.
- SoWat is a Romanian portable system for water purification. It uses mechanical processes with no chemicals to filter particles, parasites, bacteria, and even viruses. One SoWat system can produce enough daily water for 5,000 people at a monthly cost of just €0.05 per person.
- Sea Harmony from Bulgaria develops vertical reef mussel-farming technology. Their farms can be placed in the open sea to enhance water quality for other species to grow, and to produce a sustainable source of protein for human consumption.
- NowTechnologies is a Hungarian startup that designs, develops and manufactures wheelchair controller electronics such as headsets that capture and process head and eye movements.
- SmartHead from Slovakia enables companies and individuals to create and promote their socially responsible activities. The platform showcases where environmental and community projects are taking place, and encourages people to sign up in their local area.
You can read the detailed descriptions of all 30 startups and vote for your favorite here.