Early June the Eindhoven node of EIT ICT Labs participated in Startup Weekend Eindhoven. During the Startup Weekend, participants transformed their ideas into real companies in just 54 hours. Speakers and coaches provided insight and critical notes along the way. The aspirant entrepreneurs started on Friday evening and presented their businesses to a dedicated jury on Sunday evening.
EIT ICT Labs’ Eindhoven node supported the event by participating in the organising committee, providing entrepreneurship coaching and by providing the ICT Award. The award was reached out to team DIVA which won the Silver Medal. The two young students from EIT ICT Labs partner University Twente came up with a smartphone-app for social shopping: while shopping, users can ask for realtime feedback on fashion and obtain purchasing information and recommendations. Notable was their advanced business model, which involves major fashion chains/brands as well as local brick and mortar shops. Inspired by the Startup Weekend, the DIVA team is now trying to set-up a real business.