HackTheBusiness BULGARIA All Winners

It’s a wrap: Meet the Winners of the Final HackTheBusiness contest held in Bulgaria

The HackTheBusiness competition, aimed at nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs, reached its pinnacle from March 26th to 27th at the Innovation Forum “John Atanasoff” in Sofia Tech Park, Bulgaria. This event marked the culmination of the HackTheBusiness adventure, serving as the grand finale of three gatherings organised by the ENTREPRENEDU team.

The Final Round: HackTheBusiness Bulgaria

HackTheBusiness Bulgaria offered an entrepreneurship challenge tailored for young minds eager to explore the vast potential of sustainability. In a groundbreaking finale hosted by CleanTech Bulgaria, the third and final instalment of the HackTheBusiness hackathon series sparked a wave of innovation set to redefine Europe’s sustainable landscape. With a sharp focus on green and eco-conscious solutions spanning agri-food, construction, manufacturing, and digital and creative industries, participants were primed to unleash their creativity and address pressing environmental challenges head-on. The goal? To catalyse contributions towards a future that’s not only environmentally aware but also resilient across these pivotal sectors.

The HackTheBusiness Experience

For young entrepreneurs, HackTheBusiness Bulgaria was the perfect opportunity to present their innovative and sustainable business concepts to a panel of esteemed judges and get invited to the ENTREPRENEDU Coaching and Mentoring programme, where they will have all the business support needed!

During the two-days competition, our participants were firstly presented with a challenge: Pitch the innovative and sustainable idea related to agri-food, construction, manufacturing, and digital and creative industries! Afterwards, our participants had hours of hacking time to work on their ideas with the possibility to ask support from ENTREPRENEDU mentors.

But HackTheBusiness Experience is more than just a competition – it’s an immersive journey of learning and growth filled with business tricks and tips presented by ENTREPRENEDU experts, all with an aim to make our participants’ hacking time as effective as possible. Moreover, every participant had the invaluable opportunity to glean insights directly from our panel of judges and mentors, receiving constructive feedback aimed at honing their ideas and strategies to perfection.

Meet HackTheBusiness Bulgaria Winners

After 48 hours of work and having fun, our participants were ready to pitch their innovative concepts, while ENTREPRENEDU team of experts had a difficult task of choosing the top five ideas! With no specific order, a round of applause for creativity, innovative thinking and diligence goes to:

  • LOCAL.,
  • Brick3D,
  • AI School,
  • Foodilizer and last but not least
  • Green team!

ENTREPRENEDU congratulates to all winning teams – you hacked the business in Bulgaria!

The end of the HackTheBusiness chapter

HackTheBusiness events were more than just a platform for brainstorming groundbreaking ideas – they were a hub for forging lasting connections. The HackTheBusiness concept was all about supporting European youth and their ideas, forging business connections and embracing their entrepreneurial path. In this way, our HackTheBusiness participants seized invaluable networking opportunities destined to extend far beyond HackTheBusiness Era.

As the curtains close on this transformative chapter, the legacy of HackTheBusiness lingers, while ENTREPRENEDU journey towards enhancing entrepreneurial ecosystems for European education continues!

ENTREPRENEDU Team

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They hacked the business in Greece: Meet the Winners

The second HackTheBusiness competition organised by the ENTREPRENEDU team was held in Greece, where emerging talents gathered to showcase their groundbreaking space-ideas. Here’s a quick recap!

About HackTheBusiness Greece

HackTheBusiness Greece is an entrepreneurship challenge for young minds to learn, explore and discover the secrets of Space! The challenge was to pitch an innovative business idea, with the aim of bringing a real revolution to the space sector in Greece.

The first phase of the event was organised from 3d to 5th of November 2023 at different Universities, across Greece: Democritus University of Thrace, National Technical University of Athens, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Thessaly. Teams with most innovative ideas have received 2 weeks long mentoring and a paid ticket to the Finals.

The second phase of the competition – the Finals, took place in Athens, Greece on 25th of November 2023. In the finals, winners of the first phase of the competition pitched their innovative business ideas and competed for a place in the Mentoring & Coaching Programme delivered by ENTREPRENEDU project plus other valuable prizes.

Opening session

During the opening session, our teammates from Corallia as main organisers presented ENTREPRENEDU project and the whole team. Afterwards, we had a greatest pleasure of hosting Mr. Konstantinos Kyranakis, Deputy Minister of Digital Governance in Greece, who inspired us all with his speech about innovation and prosperity of young minds in Greece.

Moreover, our participants had an opportunity to hear more about space-related opportunities and industry from our sponsors and business representatives itself. At the end of the opening session, HackTheBusiness Greece team hosted space-entrepreneurs from Angely, Insigh.io and Caius startups to share their invaluable experiences and support our young participants at the start of their entrepreneurial journey.

12 groundbreaking pitches

Innovation, ambition and inspiration were in the air at Corallia premises in Athens, Greece as our participants presented their groundbreaking pitches! All participants showcased an incredible entrepreneurial spirit and a passion in the Finals of the HackTheBusiness Greece contest. The pressure was strong as each team had a limited time frame of 7 minutes to portray the vision and a mission behind their space-solutions. All of this, while the panel of ENTREPRENEDU judges and mentors provided them with valuable questions and constructive feedback. At the end of all presentations, 12 pitches were evaluated based on several criteria, including innovation, feasibility, market scalability, and social impact.

Watch the video to see all key moments! 🎥

Meet HackTheBusiness Greece Winners

After almost 3-weeks of hard work and having fun, four top-notch teams and their innovative ideas were chosen:

  • MICROSATLAB team,
  • EXKE team,
  • UNIWA ICE team and
  • GROUNDWATER team.

They hacked the business!

ENTREPRENEDU team wants to congratulate once again to all winning teams!

Indeed, HackTheBusiness events are the perfect opportunity for young individuals, researchers and startups to present their business ideas and get the support they need by winning the ticket to the ENTREPRENEDU Coaching and Mentoring programme!

Interesting in hacking the business with us? Stay tuned!
Next HackTheBusiness adventure is just around the corner. 🙂

ENTREPRENEDU Team

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The official start of the ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme

The time has come that our HackTheBusiness winners start their entrepreneurial adventure and access to a dedicated ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme. For this special occasion, we talked with Henry Nicolai Buxmann, our teammate and Research Associate at Franuhofer IPK.

The ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme has officially kicked-off this month. Tell us
a bit more about the Programme itself – its goals and benefits?

The ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme has launched this month with a mission to address the challenges faced by young entrepreneurs who are in need of a supportive mechanism to navigate the complexities of establishing their professional journey and potentially creating groundbreaking businesses. 

This need is particularly evident within the European Union, where an innovation imbalance exists across various regions, leading to disparities in knowledge, collaboration, and a noticeable innovation gap. The Programme is strategically designed to focus on young entrepreneurs from Italy, Greece, and Bulgaria. The primary goal of the program is to empower participants by providing them with essential knowledge and mentoring, enabling them to advance to the next stage with their innovative ideas or startups.

The benefits for participants are multifaceted, encompassing crucial aspects of entrepreneurship. These include gaining insights into identifying optimal funding opportunities at European, national, and regional levels. The Programme also emphasizes understanding the concept of tech due diligence, allowing participants to self-assess their strengths and weaknesses while developing a robust value proposition.

Furthermore, participants are able to benefit from learning how to identify the best opportunities and events to meet potential investors and effectively pitch their ideas. Additionally, the program guides them in elaborating a comprehensive and sound business model and plan. By focusing on these key areas, the ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme aims to bridge the innovation gap, foster collaboration, and empower young entrepreneurs in Italy, Greece, and Bulgaria to thrive in the dynamic landscape of business and technology.

The Programme will include 6 mentoring modules, each one led by ENTREPRENEDU experts and
mentors. Could you elaborate more what are these modules about and what is the role of mentors?

All mentors possess unique experience and expertise that the bring together for the ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme.

The role of the mentors is hereby to provide the knowledge to the participants and answer all potential question that might arise. Further, to provide video lessons and workshops, Q&A sessions as well as individual mentoring and feedback.

Fraunhofer IPK focuses on business model development. The module business model development aims to enable participants to understand the importance of a well-defined business model, equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge to develop their own business model, and to effectively implement it in their start-ups. The module aims to instill a methodical and strategic approach towards business model development. The end goal is for participants to leave with a comprehensive, viable business model that aligns with their startup’s vision and market demand.

LUISS University focuses on crafting a value proposition. The module Crafting a Value Proposition aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to define, develop, and communicate a compelling value proposition. The module seeks to enable them to effectively distinguish their product or service in the market, demonstrate its unique value to customers, and leverage this proposition for competitive advantage and sustainable success.

Fondazone E. Amaldi focuses on tech feasibility and product development. The module From tech feasibility to product development to guide participants in bridging the gap between technological feasibility and product development, emphasizing the creation of persuasive pitches. Participants will learn to clearly communicate their technology viability, market relevance, and the process of its development. Additionally, the mentoring will equip them with the skills to create a preliminary product development plan, providing a robust foundation for their start-up journey.

EBAN focuses on investment pitching and funding needs. The module Investment Pitch and quantifying your funding needs aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to create a persuasive investment pitch and accurately quantify financial needs. The overall objective is to enable participants to effectively communicate their business’s value, growth potential, and funding requirements to potential investors, thereby enhancing their chances of securing crucial financial backing. 

Corallia focuses on entrepreneurial business planning. The module Entrepreneurial business planning aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to craft a robust and persuasive business plan, emphasizing critical aspects such as market analysis, strategy formulation, operational planning, and financial projections. The module is designed to empower the participants to strategically plan their business journey, align their team towards shared goals, and convincingly present their venture to potential investors or stakeholders.

Cleantech Bulgaria focuses on the topic of access to finance and related funding. The module Access to finance and related funding provide participants with comprehensive knowledge of different funding avenues available, and guide them in effectively navigating the financial landscape. The module aims to equip participants with skills to present a compelling business case to potential investors, understand the intricacies of financial planning, and secure suitable funding.

The participants of the Programme are winning teams of HackTheBusiness competitions organised by ENTREPRENEDU. In your opinion, what are key potential takeaways for our participants after the Programme?

The participants of the ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme stand to gain invaluable insights and resources throughout their participation in the Programme. One of the key takeaways for these teams lies in the enriched entrepreneurial skills acquired through hands-on experiences, mentorship, and exposure to real-world business challenges. This not only improves their ability to navigate the complexities of the business landscape but also equips them with practical know-how essential for success in their
ventures.

In essence, the key takeaways for participants in the ENTREPRENEDU Mentoring & Coaching Programme encompass a well-rounded set of skills, knowledge, and resources essential for their entrepreneurial journey, ensuring they are better positioned to turn their innovative ideas into successful and sustainable companies.

We wish our participants all the best and, of course, to have fun! 😎

ENTREPRENEDU Team

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Cheers to the successful start of the HackTheBusiness competition in Greece

ENTREPRENEDU team marked a successful start of the second HackTheBusiness competition, this time in Greece! In this article, we are revealing our finalists and showcasing backstage moments from the first phase of the competition.

About the HackTheBusiness competition

HackTheBusiness is a series of three ideation contests for young minds to learn, explore and discover secrets of business! The second HackTheBusiness competition was held in Greece and encouraged participants to join EDU and the ENTREPRENEDU team on a adventure in space! Let us explain…

A weekend to HackTheBusiness

Starting from 3d November and concluding on 5th November, our participants had a weekend to hack the business… and what a weekend that was! After a warm welcome by our team, HackTheBusiness participants were presented with a challenge to pitch an innovative solution related to space technologies! They had around 48 hours to work on their ideas with the support of ENTREPRENEDU mentors, who delivered several sessions on different business aspects and helped our participants to make their ideas pitch-perfect!

At the end, in total 68 participants divided in 18 teams joined us across four locationsNational Technical University of Athens, University of Thessaly, Democritus University of Thrace, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – and showcased their space-oriented business concepts. ENTREPRENEDU team and jury members were amazed by the creativity of our participants, but we all knew that only some of them could become HackTheBusiness finalists and join us in Athens.

Meet the top 10 teams

After three days of hard work and having fun, the time has come to announce the winners and their innovative space-solutions:

  • UNIWA ICE team,
  • MicrosatLab team,
  • Groundwater team,
  • Luminous team,
  • Spa/c team,
  • Ocean Defenders team,
  • Exke team,
  • PPD Control team,
  • KORI team,
  • Prometheus Auth team.

And remember, it’s not all about the competition, it’s about the opportunity to gain business experience, learn something new, get feedback directly from experts, expand your business network and of course, have fun. This is what means to HackTheBusiness with us! That is why, ENTREPRENEDU team congratulates to all HackTheBusiness participants on their entrepreneurial spirtis and innovative thinking!

 

 

What’s next?

Winning teams will now have time to enhance their ideas even more with the support of our mentors, before we all meet again to HackTheBusiness in Athens, on November 25. 

Until then, cheers!

ENTREPRENEDU Team

Blog #4

How to Build a Winning Team at the HackTheBusiness contest: Strategies for Success

HackTheBusiness ideation contest is a business competition that provides an opportunity for wannabe entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas and strategic mindset. However, winning this kind of competition is not merely about having a groundbreaking concept; it’s also about assembling a winning team. Your team is your backbone, the driving force that propels your idea to success. In this article, we’ll explore essential strategies to build a winning team during your HackTheBusiness adventure.

Identify individual strengths

At the HackTheBusiness competition, you can register as an individual or as a team. If you register as an individual and want to be a part of a team, don’t worry, you can do that directly in the competition. How? Begin by recognizing the unique strengths and skills of each potential team member. Assess their expertise, background, and experiences. Someone might excel in marketing, while another might have a knack for logistic planning. By understanding these strengths, you can choose your best match and allocate roles effectively, ensuring each team member contributes optimally to the project.

Foster effective communication

Open and transparent communication is the key to any successful team. Effective communication not only fosters teamwork but also enhances creativity and problem-solving abilities within the group. Therefore, each team member should be encouraged to voice their ideas, concerns, and feedback.

Encourage collaboration

Foster a collaborative environment where team members brainstorm ideas, challenge each other’s assumptions, and work together towards common goals. Collaboration promotes the exchange of diverse perspectives, leading to innovative solutions that can set your idea concept apart from the competition.

Emphasise Leadership and Delegation

Every successful team needs a leader who can guide the group toward the competition’s goals. A good leader listens to team members, provides clear directions, and inspires confidence. Additionally, learn the art of delegation. Assign tasks based on individual strengths and trust your team members to deliver exceptional results in their respective areas.

Create a positive Team Culture

Foster a positive and supportive team culture where members respect each other’s opinions and celebrate each other’s successes. A positive environment boosts morale, encourages creativity, and enhances productivity, creating an atmosphere where winning ideas can flourish. For example, you can together decide upon your team-name or a team-phrase.

Prepare for Challenges

At the HackTheBusiness competition your challenge is to bring an innovative idea from the space sector. But, during the competition per se, it is very important to anticipate other challenges that may arise during the competition. This could range from technical issues to disagreements within the team. Prepare contingency plans and encourage your team to brainstorm potential obstacles and devise solutions beforehand. A well-prepared team is more resilient and better equipped to handle unexpected challenges.

Continuous Learning and Adaptability

Everyday is a new day for learning. Don’t forget to do good research and stay updated with the latest trends and technologies related to your business idea. Adaptability is crucial in a competitive environment – teams that can pivot and adjust their strategies based on feedback and changing circumstances are more likely to succeed.

Don’t be afraid to ask Questions

ENTREPRENEDU mentors and experts will be present during the first phase of the competition, as well as the Finals. Don’t be afraid to ask Questions! Reach out to mentors and advisors who have experience in your industry or previous business competitions. Their insights and guidance can provide invaluable direction, helping your team refine its strategies and improve the overall quality of your idea.

Let’s HackTheBusiness!

In conclusion, building a winning team at a business competition requires a combination of strategic planning, effective communication, collaboration, and adaptability. By recognizing individual strengths, fostering a positive team culture, and preparing for challenges, your team can create a strong foundation for success. Remember, a cohesive and motivated team not only enhances your chances of winning but also enriches the overall experience of the competition, turning it into a transformative learning opportunity for everyone involved. 

Don’t miss to HackTheBusiness with us!

 

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The Role of Mentorship in Competitions: Why Having a Mentor Can Make All the Difference

Competitions have long been a platform for individuals to showcase their skills, talents, and innovations. Whether it’s in the realms of business, sports, or academia, participating in a competition can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. For young people, these competitions can be particularly daunting as they strive to prove themselves and achieve their goals. This is where mentorship plays a crucial role. In this article, we will explore the significance of mentorship in HackTheBusiness competition and why having a mentor can make all the difference.

Guidance and Expertise

Business competitions often require participants to navigate uncharted territory, whether it’s developing a business plan, perfecting a pitch, or honing a specific skill. A mentor brings invaluable guidance and expertise to the table. They can provide insights, share their experiences, and help you avoid common pitfalls. With their guidance, you can approach the competition with a well-informed strategy.

Building Confidence

Young participants may face self-doubt and anxiety when entering a competition. A mentor acts as a source of encouragement and support, helping you build the confidence needed to perform at your best. Their belief in your abilities can be a powerful motivator, pushing you to overcome challenges and excel in the competition.

Networking Opportunities

Mentors often have extensive networks in their respective fields. They can introduce you to key players, potential collaborators, and industry experts. These connections can open doors to opportunities that you might not have access to otherwise, such as partnerships, internships, or job offers.

Feedback and Improvement

Constructive feedback is essential for growth. Mentors provide honest and constructive criticism to help you improve. They can review your work, evaluate your performance, and offer suggestions for enhancement. This feedback loop is invaluable for refining your skills and strategies as you progress through the competition.

Mental Resilience

Competitions can be emotionally draining, especially when facing setbacks or tough competition. A mentor can offer emotional support and help you develop mental resilience. They’ve likely faced similar challenges in their own journeys and can provide perspective on how to stay focused, handle pressure, and bounce back from disappointments.

Customised Strategy

Every competition is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach may not work. A mentor can help you tailor your strategy to the specific competition you’re entering. They can identify your strengths and weaknesses, fine-tune your approach, and help you stand out among competitors.

Accountability

Having a mentor can hold you accountable for your goals and commitments. Knowing that someone is invested in your success can motivate you to stay on track and put in the necessary effort to excel in the competition. It’s a partnership that keeps you responsible and focused.

Long-Term Benefits

At your HackTheBusiness adventure, the mentorship relationship doesn’t end when the competition does. HackTheBusiness mentors will continue to support you even after the competition concludes through a business acceleration programme, where they will teach you how to turn your idea into a successful business. This ongoing relationship can lead to further opportunities for growth and collaboration.

Let HackTheBusiness mentors to guide you!

In the world of competitions, mentorship is the ace that can tip the scales in your favour. Having a mentor by your side provides guidance, builds confidence, offers networking opportunities, and fosters personal and professional growth. Their expertise and support can make all the difference in your journey to success, whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or scholar.

So, what are you waiting for – HackTheBusiness with us and let our mentors help you unlock your full potential and achieve your goals.

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Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Potential: The Benefits of Attending a HackTheBusiness Competition

In today’s dynamic business landscape, young aspiring wannabe entrepreneurs are constantly seeking opportunities to develop their skills, network, and gain exposure. One remarkable avenue for achieving these goals is by participating in business competitions, such as HackTheBusiness competition in Greece. This competition will provide an opportunity for individuals and teams to pitch their business ideas, gain valuable experience, and unlock numerous benefits that can set them on the path to success. 

Refining Your Business Idea

HackTheBusiness competition is an excellent opportunity to refine your business concept. Through the rigorous application process, pitch presentations, and feedback from mentors, you’ll gain insights into the strengths and weaknesses of your idea. This invaluable feedback helps you adapt and improve your business plan, making it more viable and appealing to potential investors.

Mentorship and Guidance

HackTheBusiness offers a full coaching and mentorship programme led by ENTREPRENEDU experts. Our team of mentors will provide guidance on various aspects of entrepreneurship, from fine-tuning your business model to navigating potential challenges. Their expertise can be instrumental in shaping your entrepreneurial journey.

Networking Opportunities

Business competitions bring together like-minded individuals, including fellow competitors, judges, sponsors, and attendees. Building a strong network is crucial for any entrepreneur, and HackTheBusiness offers an ideal platform for connecting with potential partners, investors, and collaborators. You might even find co-founders who share your passion and vision.

Validation and Credibility

Participating in a prestigious business competition adds credibility to your venture. Winning or even reaching the finals demonstrates to potential investors and customers that your idea has merit and potential. This validation can be a game-changer when seeking funding or attracting early customers.

Prizes and Resources

HackTheBusiness competition offers a diverse range of prizes. Don’t forget that non-monetary prizes such as access to industry-specific resources and knowledge can be equally valuable in your entrepreneurial journey.

Learning from Failure

Not all participants in business competitions emerge as winners, but even if you don’t win, you gain valuable experience. Learning to handle rejection and setbacks is an essential part of entrepreneurship. The feedback received can help you pivot, rethink, and come back stronger in your next entrepreneurial endeavour.

Exposure and Publicity

Business competitions often garner media attention, providing an opportunity to showcase your idea to a broader audience. This exposure can attract potential customers, partners, and investors who may have otherwise never discovered your startup idea.

Inspiration and Motivation

Being surrounded by ambitious and innovative individuals can be incredibly inspiring. Hearing success stories, witnessing passionate pitches, and engaging with fellow participants can motivate you to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams with even greater determination.

Personal Growth

Participating in a business competition is a personal growth journey. It challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, develop public speaking and presentation skills, and enhance your problem-solving abilities. These skills are not only beneficial for your current venture but also for your future endeavours.

HackTheBusiness with us!

For young individuals aspiring to become entrepreneurs, attending a business competition can be a transformative experience. It offers the chance to refine ideas, gain mentorship, and expand your network. Moreover, the personal growth and motivation derived from such events can be instrumental in your entrepreneurial journey.

So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to unleash your entrepreneurial potential – HackTheBusiness with us and take the first step towards turning your dreams into reality.

Blog #2

The Top Emerging Technology Trends to Watch in the Space Sector

The space sector has always been a source of fascination for young people, and with each passing year, it becomes even more captivating thanks to emerging technology trends. From private space exploration to sustainable space travel, the possibilities seem boundless. In this article, we will explore the current trends in the space world, which might give you an idea for an innovative business solution interesting enough to HackTheBusiness in Greece.

Private Space Exploration 

Private companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic have taken centre stage in space exploration. These companies are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the space sector. SpaceX, for instance, has not only revolutionised satellite deployment but also aims to colonise Mars. Young people are particularly drawn to these endeavours due to their ambitious and visionary nature. We are interested to know… Would you live on Mars?

Space Tourism

No, space tourism is no longer a distant dream. Not so far in the future, it’s on the cusp of becoming a reality. Companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are working on offering commercial trips to space, allowing ordinary people to experience the thrill of zero gravity and a view of Earth from space. Some of the Earthlings have already booked their ticket  for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Would you be interested in looking down to Earth from Space?

Satellite Mega-Constellations

One of the most transformative trends in the space sector is the deployment of satellite mega-constellations. Companies like SpaceX’s Starlink and OneWeb are launching thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit to provide global internet coverage. This technology not only connects remote regions but also opens up opportunities for innovative applications and services.

Sustainable Space Travel

As concerns about environmental sustainability grow, the space sector is not immune to these concerns. Emerging technologies are paving the way for more sustainable space travel, from reusable rocketry to the development of eco-friendly propulsion systems. Researchers are passionate about preserving Earth and are excited about space exploration that aligns with sustainability goals.

Artificial Intelligence and Automation

Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are playing a crucial role in advancing space exploration. AI helps analyse vast amounts of data from space missions, enabling scientists to make faster and more informed decisions. Automation is reducing human involvement in routine tasks, freeing up astronauts and scientists for more critical work. These technologies resonate with young tech-savvy individuals who appreciate their transformative potential.

3D Printing in Space

3D printing has found its way into the space sector, revolutionising the way spacecraft and equipment are built and repaired. Astronauts on the International Space Station are already using 3D printers to manufacture tools and replacement parts. This trend is fascinating to people who are intrigued by the idea of manufacturing in the unique environment of space. If you are an astronaut in space, what would you 3D print first?

Space-Based Renewable Energy

Space-based solar power generation is an emerging technology that could revolutionise our energy infrastructure. Solar panels in space can capture energy without atmospheric interference and transmit it back to Earth. This has the potential to provide a sustainable source of energy for our planet. 

HackTheBusiness for Space

To conclude, the space sector is undergoing a transformation, and emerging technologies are at the forefront of this revolution. As these technologies continue to advance, they promise to make space more accessible, sustainable, and exciting than ever before. For young enthusiasts like yourself, the future of space exploration has never looked brighter.

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Exciting news: We are Unveiling Winners of the first HackTheBusiness Competition held in Rimini

The HackTheBusiness competition held from 15th to 17th of June in Rimini (Italy), was the first of three events organised by the ENTREPRENEDU team for emerging talents to showcase their groundbreaking ideas. And so they did!

We were at We Make Future

We Make Future, held in the city of Rimini, has become synonymous with innovation, technology, and entrepreneurial spirit. This prestigious event attracts forward-thinking individuals from various industries, offering a unique opportunity to explore emerging trends, network with industry experts, and gain invaluable insights. And at the heart of We Make Future, ENTREPRENEDU team organised the HackTheBusiness competition, a thrilling showcase of entrepreneurial prowess and innovative ideas.

Unveiling HackTheBusiness concept

HackTheBusiness is an entrepreneurship challenge for young minds to learn, explore and discover the secrets of DeepTech industry! The competition encourages participants to think outside the box, refine their pitches, and leverage their creativity. HackTheBusiness event was (and still is) the perfect opportunity for young individuals and startups to present their business concepts to a panel of esteemed judges and industry leaders and get invited to the ENTREPRENEDU Coaching and Mentoring programme, where they will get all the support needed to level-up their business idea!

The Experience

On the day one of the competition, our participants were presented with a challenge: Pitch the innovative problem-solving idea related SpaceTech, ClimateTech or FoodTech! Afterwards, our participants had 72h to work on their ideas with the possibility to ask support from ENTREPRENEDU mentors. In this way, HackTheBusiness goes beyond a mere competition as it serves as a opportunity for learning and growth. All participants received valuable feedback from the panel of judges and mentors, who offer constructive insights aimed at refining their ideas and strategies. Moreover, contestants gain access to a network of mentors and industry experts, who provide guidance and support, helping them navigate the challenging entrepreneurial journey.

Our participants worked very hard on their pitches to captivate the audience and judges within a limited time frame. The pressure was strong as each contestant strived to convey their vision, value proposition, and market potential concisely and persuasively. The pitches were evaluated based on several criteria, including innovation, feasibility, market scalability, and social impact.

Meet HackTheBusiness Italy Winners

After 3-days of hard work, excitement, learning and having fun, ENTREPRENEDU team of experts has chosen the first four winning teams and their innovative DeepTech ideas:

  • BACKWARDS team is eager to solve the problem of packaging waste by creating reusable packaging and logistics infrastructure!
  • SHADES OF BLUE team wishes to create a certification system and consultancy services for sustainable management of water resources, providing companies monitoring, improving and communicating the negative impact on rivers and water. 
  • AS YOU LIKE team aims to transform dining experience with a mobile app: customize meals, access real-time nutrition info with Visual-AI, and discover restaurants aligned with dietary needs.
  • BOBIS team has a goal to reduce CO2 emissions caused by last mile logistics, offering the end user a platform that can encourage local consumption and the search for products and services within a distance of 3km.

They hacked the business!

ENTREPRENEDU team wants to congratulate once again to all the winning teams!

At the end, HackTheBusiness competition provided an ideal environment for fostering connections and collaborations. Participants had and will have the chance to network with like-minded individuals, potential investors, industry influencers, and representatives from renowned organizations. This networking aspect enables them to build relationships, explore partnership opportunities, gain exposure to a broader ecosystem of innovation, experience and level-up professionally!

Until the next HackTheBusiness opportunity, cheers!

ENTREPRENEDU Team