The TechCrunch Balkans Meetup tour is over! The last event was held in Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, which hosted many members of the local startup scene. It was the last chance to pitch to John Biggs, East Coast Editor of TechCrunch, and the jury decided – the best startup, which gets a demo table at TechCrunch Disrtupt in Berlin, was eBeat, while Lumu gets the ticket for the same conference!
When it comes to pitching, Biggs mentioned some common mistakes:
I see pitches that are misspelled and cocky. I want to say: Hey, man, don’t come to my house. I’m not your friend!
Fortunately, that wasn’t the case in Ljubljana. Teams that presented themselves, other than Lumu and eBeat, were Confidly, Magazinius and Show Me Around. There were pitching to Biggs, but also to Matthias Alder, Astina, Dušan Omerčević, Zemanta, Goran Krajnovic, hub:raum and Hrvatski telekom, Tomislav Mrkuš, Infobip, Uroš Pirnat, Celtra, Andraž Logar 3FS and Nataša Đukanović, .me.
Lumu, a light meter, and a musical application eBeat
Lumu is a light meter for the iPhone and Android. It is made to unleash the creativity in photographers and it had a really successful campaign at Kickstarter. Other than winning a ticket for TC Disrupt, they got a big applause for the team because of their success. A 16-year old Gasper Grubar presented eBeat, an application that enables transition between real sounds and notes. It allows users to play and create your unique beats, which they can store for themselves or share with the world through the biggest media portals. Originally it was designed just for the drums, but creators plan to implement other instruments, such as pianos, guitars, trumpets and others.
Confidly, Magazinius and Show Me Around
Confidly is an app for mobile confession – an anonymous friend. The main thought is that everyone has secrets, but many people don’t have anyone to share it with. Or to ask questions. So they can tell their worries to this app, anonymously. Also, users can help people in need and share caring advice. It matters.
Magazinius is a tool for designing digital magazines for different mobile devices. It is easy to use, because users can design a magazine once and display everywhere for a better reading experience. It will adapt automatically to the device. Show Me Around connects tourists with local people. Users can find unique things to do organized by locals. It is functioning in Ljubljana and spreading across Slovenia and the plan is to spread across Europe.
Pitching and pitching!
Startups weren’t the only one pitching in Ljubljana! Natasa Djukanovic invited startups to join the Spark.me conference and get a chance to go to TechCruch Disrupt in New York. Goran Krajnovic from Hrvatski Telekom asked the audience if they need access to 200 million users? Their answer was yes! He explained what hub:raum has to offer:
We try to focus on innovations. We try to help startups. We try to give you guys what you actually need – office space, investment, recourses and mentoring. And the other part is a door to DT Telekom footprint in Europe, which has more than 200 million users.
So, the TC Balkans tour is over – five days, four cities, a bunch of Netocrats, two Reanults and one and only John Bigs. We shouldn’t forget to mention our other sponsors that made all of this possible – other than hub:raum and Hrvatski Telekom, Renault drove us safely to our destinations, BlackBerry, was our official smartphone, there were domain.me, Eleven, Infobip, Zemanta, Celtra i 3fs. The next adventure is just around the corner – RockPaperStartups starts next week!