Start-up Awards Winners: Vastari and Printr
THENEXTWOMEN STARTUP AWARDS, 2015
The prize winning pitches for the International Pitch Competition 2015 at The Next Women Innovation Summit have been named. Vastari - the jury prize winner - is a unique online platform from England for private art collectors and museums to aid the organisation and hiring of exhibitions. PRINTR - the audience choice prize winner - is a 3D printing software startup that is enabling 3D printing for the mass market.
The jury prize of 2015 goes to: Vastari, entrepreneur and CEO: Bernadine Bröcker
The audience choice prize of 2015 goes to: Printr, entepreneur and COO: Cecile van der Waal
Vastari set up by young Dutch entrepreneur Bernadine Bröcker, has already had a round of funding and is currently working on a follow-on round. Hundreds of museums and collectors are already active on the platform. Printr was co-founded by Cecile van der Waal, who graduated from the University of Twente with a degree in Creative Techonology. Van der Waal is one of the ‘Advisors’ of Startup Delta in the Netherlands.
Vastari has won professional advise from The Next Women 100, an advisory package from Grant Thornton and Accenture and a total loan of 16,000 euros from TheNextWomen Crowd Fund and the jury.
Printr has won a ‘growth’ ring from Schaap en Citroen, and also an advisory package from Grant Thornton and Accenture.
The winners will be allowed to present their pitches to Van Lanschot Capital for investment and financing.
Swipe & Shop
At first during a nerve-wracking day in an auditorium full to the brim, the jury and the audience chose Swipe & Shop as the winner, but the 2 pitchers from the business undertook it themselves to return the Jury and Audience prizes to TheNextWomen, because they do not meet the criteria to take part in the competition. The two pitchers were employees of Sanoma Media, rather than entrepreneurs themselves. They are working very hard to set up their own independent entity, but are not far enough along in the process to take the prizes.
The NextWomen Startup Awards Competition
TheNextWomen Startup Awards competition was set up to give further shape to the ecosystem of female entrepreneurs, investors and experts. A more inclusive ecosystem has positive effects for the growth potential of female entrepreneurs as a whole. This year there were nearly 100 applications from different countries around the world. The entrepreneurs have followed a whole programme during the application process where TomTom and Grant Thornton and 15 investors gave feedback on the presentations. Past winners (iLost and Fest Amsterdam) have had the opportunity via TheNextWomen Startup Awards pitch competition to grow their business and attract investors.