On July 23rd Eleven held its sixth Demo Day at the fully packed Betahaus Sofia. An event usually reserved for cherry picked mentors, prominent investors and a few Eleven graduates, this Demo Day was different. In front of almost 200 guests, the nine graduating startups coming from five countries gave their pitch presentations to a far bigger crowd than past Eleven startups had done so.
Everyone who was curious to listen to innovative solutions, tackling key societal issues had been invited. The Demo Day started with a keynote speech by Salim Virani, founder of Leancamp and Founder Centric who revealed the considerable advantages of living in Sofia from the foreigner’s perspective.
About 12 months ago Salim came to Bulgaria. He moved from London to live in Sofia. Salim revealed many reasons, all valid, why he stayed in Sofia, but the one that truly stood out was “the speed of getting people together in Sofia – it’s phenomenal.” And when the community is so responsive in order to be successful as a startup, “all you have to do is ask”, Salim said.
After the keynote 9 startups got on stage and presented their innovative products.
- Content 360 – Serbia
Content 360 develops the platform authorinsights.com,, which helps online publishers evaluate, benchmark and rank content and authors’ performance across platforms and languages. The founder – Dejan has already one successful exit and leveraged his experience in attracting major publishers and media companies in the region.
- Qlibri – Bulgaria
Qlibri enables small businesses and individuals to create their own mobile presence by giving them instantly mobile site and a mobile app. The experienced team with over 15 years of app development is bridging the gap between businesses and clients, while easing the communication in between.
- Adormo – Italy
Founded by Luca – a world traveller who spent over 3,000 nights as a guest in over 50 countries, Adormo helps apartment owners receive more bookings with less work. The company manages the most efficient online portals such as Airbnb and Booking.com while improving visibility in exchange for a 15 % flat fee.
- Enhancv – Bulgaria
Enhancv is a web-based platform that helps job applicants create eye-catching CVs through an easy step-by step process. Only with a few clicks, job seekers reduce the time spent on resumes, while improving their chance of being hired.
- Kratos Technology – Morocco
Kratos Technology builds cloud-based e-gov solutions, which enable faster, cheaper and easier online services between municipalities and citizens. The team led by Mohamed Fakihi – an Engineering MBA, has more than 20 years combined experience in government IT.
- Strawberry Energy – Serbia
Strawberry Energy engages in research and development in the field of renewable energy. They invented the first public solar charger for mobile devices Strawberry Tree. Up to now 12 Strawberry Trees have been “planted” and ten more are coming soon to Moscow, Brussels, Johannesburg, and beyond. The team works hard to deliver clean energy into people’s everyday lives. By developing green urban furniture like Strawberry Tree, they want to make every city in the world smarter. The story of Strawberry Energy has already been featured by top tech media such as BBC, Mashable, TIME, The Guardian, Dezeen, Archdaily.
- Tickit – Bulgaria
Tickit sells online transport tickets and informs people how to travel in Europe from A to B through public transport. The idea was born during a trip across Europe, when the founders spent tremendous amount of time, finding the most efficient way of travelling. Only after 2 months of operation, Tickit is already challenging the leading ticket resellers in Southern and Eastern Europe.
- Metrilo – Bulgaria
With Metrilo running a data-driven eCommerce store is now easy. Founded by Murry Ivanoff, a 500startups graduate, and Peter Iliev, co-founder of Grabo.bg (the Bulgarian Groupon), Metrilo plugs easily into your online store and starts providing you with actionable insights.
Kown, the first online investor club perfectly aligned with lean startups, wants to empower investors to get higher returns by placing many small bets and doublebacking on the winners. Alexander Dresen, founder of Kown, is bringing the business angel clubs to the 21st century. Kown members get access to an almost unlimited personalized pipeline of Bulgarian and international startups – for just a fraction of the membership cost of a traditional business angel club.