The Winning Entrepreneurs Are…
Kin, a private social network for families, was the ultimate winner at the StartUp Program Demo Day. The project won both the vote of the audience and of the jury of investors. Each award is a hundred leva. The event took place in the Andrey Delchev Auditorium on April 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
The winner, Kin, is an application that allows, as their slogan says, “Family time all the time.” The application features, like other social networks, the option to share statuses, pictures, videos in a private network, only for the family; the application also offers a tracking system to locate family members, a calendar shared by the family, customization of the application depending on the personal preference of the family members and other cool features.
The team of Kin consisted of Klajdi Sallaku, marketing, Dmitri Luchin, finance, Viktoriya Khrystotodorova, business developer, Kristi Kristo, iOS developer, Ani Haxhiaj, designer.”My goodness. I am so happy! I didn’t expect it honestly. The teams were so good,” Khrystotodorova said.
The first start-up idea was called Instructor, an online marketplace for personal trainers. The team of students consisted of Stefan Ivanov, web developer, Teodor Dimitrov, business development, and Hristo Georgiev, web developer.
Next on the list was HomeSp0t, a service for online grocery shopping and delivery. The team consisted of Kaloyan Vasilev, sales, Darina Anguelova, logistics, Alex Rusu, logistics, Jeni Stancheva, marketing, and Ivan Hristov, finance.
uSeek was next in line. A a platform aimed at optimizing the work of university career centers by improving the communication between students and employers looking for new recruits. The team consisted of Ivaylo Mitrev, Kaloyan Kolev, Mirela Dineva, Lyuba Popova and Milena Pesheva.
Game Xpress won a special mention by the jury. The project is an idea for renting Play Station 4 Consoles to AUBG students. The team consisted of Jona Hasanballiu, accounting, Ivailo Petrov, finance, Panayot Apostolov, design and finance, Aghakarim Orujov, developer, Senti, marketing, and Erilda Hoxha, marketing and PR.
ReleaseD8s is a website that notifies movie geeks about Blu-ray release dates. The team of ReleaseD8s was Daria Kuznetsova, marketing, Mikhail Susin, web development, Pavel Pavlov, team diplomat, Ksenia Lukanova, coordinator and visual expert, Alexander Khambir, graphic designer.
PlayNow is soccer field search engine with updated reservation schedule targeted at amateur league managers. The team consisted of Alexandar Deliyski, team leader, Yordanka Gyurdieva, PR, Elena Zlatanova, marketing, Anastas Pushkarov, business analyst, Dobri Antonov, senior programmer, Vasil Petrov, programmer, Zlatin Zlatev, design, and Deyan Slanchev, android developer.
To learn more about each project, visit startup.saorsa.bg.
Each team of student presenters had three minutes to pitch their ideas. The presentation was followed by a short Q&A sessions by the jury. The jury consisted of President Michael Easton, the CEO of Citi Bank Bulgaria, Stephan Feldstein, the President of Juionr Achievement Bulgaria, Milena Stoycheva, Dani Tomov, AUBG alumni, Vessy Tasheva, AUBG alumni, Rumen Iliev, Managing Partner at Launchub, Stefan Gantchev, Managing Partner at Launchub, and Max Gurvits from Teres Capital.
The event was opened by Veneta Andonova, Associate Professor in Business Administration. She thanked Junior Achievement Bulgaria for co-organizing the event and Citibank for sponsoring it. Among other things, prof. Andonova announced that the entrepreneurship course will become officially BUS 301 as part of the curriculum.
“I liked the presentations. There were interesting and I learned a few things,” Zora Gouhary, a second year student, said.
“You all leave tonight as winners,” Stephan Feldstein said.