After Bulgaria, TechCrunch Balkans Meetup moved to Serbia. More than 200 people from Belgrade startup scene gathered to hear what TechCrunch’s East Coast Editor, John Biggs, has to say. Also, a few of them got a chance to pitch their ideas to him and to the other members of the TC Balkans Meetup crew.
Just like in Bulgaria, teams did three minute pitches in front of Biggs and other jury members. The best startup was Pubsonic – it got a demo table at TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin, while TruckTrack got a ticket for the same conference.
What happened in Belgrade?
Ivan Brezak Brkan, founder and editor in chief at Netocratic, the event organizer, explained how the whole idea around meetup is quite simple – TechCrunch comes to this region and startups pitch their ideas to John Biggs. Of course, they can pitch to Eleven, because cofounder of this accelerator, Dilyan Dimitrov, is also in the crew, as well as, Cosmin Ochisor, from Deutsche Telekom accelerator hub:raum.
John Biggs shared his recipe for escaping from the “black hole” in Belgrade as well – he stated that black hole isn’t the location, it’s about feeling helpless because startups can’t reach media, investors and buyers without difficulty.
I think Serbia needs a Yelp. I think it needs e-commerce. It might be harder to find funding in your market. But with enough persuasion you can make it.
He gave a few advices to startup founders – for example, to find a human story in their startups. That is a media want to hear. What VC’s want to hear. They don’t need to hear technical details – they want to know what happens next.
Pubsonic, Warrantly and TruckTrack pitches
Three startups got a chance to pitch at Belgrade TC Meetup – Pubsonic, Warrantly and TruckTrack. Pubsonic is a new way to search and analyze open access biomedical data and to present it in form of clickable graphic. There is a huge amount of data and the problem that many biomedical journals restrict access to their articles. There is an open access alternative, which is free. It is on the rise, and again it offers too much of this information. This is where Pubsonic comes. Closed beta will be launched in October and open beta will be launched in January. Current status is MVP Development.
Warrantly is a startup that we presented on Netocratic earlier – it is a cloud based service platform providing premium customer care. It is a service that retailers can use to issue digital warranties and to solve an everlasting problem – dealing with a bunch of paperwork.
TruckTrack is a cloud platform that will help with management improvement for the trucking industry. Like the cofounders say – if you bought it a truck brought it. That reflects how big this industry is. 96 percent of the companies are small SMEs and they TruckTrack’s target groups. This industry has a lot of factors it has to deal with and the costs are big and this platform could save money and time. The launch of the MVP will be in September.
Judges that listened to the teams, other thn John Biggs, were Cosmin Ochisor from hub:raum, Predrag Lesic from Domain.me, Kristijan Matas from Infobip and Gregor Smrekar from Celtra. The official smartphone is BlackBerry, while the vehicles for the tour were provided by Renault.
Next stop – Zagreb, tonight!