A successful 2015 edition
The startup Wondermags was the winner of this first contest, organized in collaboration with Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, and its ICT Cluster.
The event took place at Utopolis and gave 17 Luxembourg startups the opportunity to present their company in front of a jury from Docler Holding's management. The event also gathered around 100 people from the investment, ICT and startup scenes from Luxembourg.
"It is the first time that we organize such an event and surely not the last one. Our goal is to actively support the Startup and ICT ecosystem of Luxembourg. Listening to these talented entrepreneurs reminds us how our company started ten years ago in a garage, driven by a couple of young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs" - said Gyorgy Gattyan, Founder and Owner of Docler Holding
A successful 2016 edition
SESAMm was the winner of Docler Holding’s second edition of Pitch your Start-up event organized in collaboration with Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, and its ICT Cluster.
The event took place at the European Convention Centre during ICT Spring Europe 2016 and gave 17 international Start-ups the opportunity to present their projects in front of a jury of Experts. This edition gathered more than 200 people from the European investment, ICT and Start-up scenes.
"This event is now anchored in time in Luxembourg. We received around 90 applications from International Start-ups to compete in this event and we selected 17 out of them, all ICT related" - said Karoly Papp, CEO of Docler Holding
A successful 2017 edition
The winner of the third consecutive Pitch Your Startup, Aiva Technologies, was announced during the ICTSpring Gala dinner. The company was chosen out of the 18 ICT startups pitching during the day.
Aiva is an Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) capable of composing emotional music. Aiva has been learning the art of music composition by reading through a large collection of music partitions, written by the greatest composers in order to create a mathematical model representation of what music is.
Out of a total of 160 applications from 25 different countries, the jury selected 18 ICT startups, based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, creativity and growth potential. This year, the prizes were equivalent to a total amount of 100,000 €.
A successful 2018 edition
The winner of the fourth edition of Pitch Your Startup, Empath Inc., was announced on May 15, 2018 at the ICT Spring Gala Dinner. The company was chosen from among 15 other startups who were presenting their projects throughout the day, each with their own unique ideas and solutions.
Empath is an emotion artificial intelligence, which can identify emotion from the voice in real-time regardless of language. By analysing multiple physical properties of the voice, Empath detects four emotions which are joy, calm, anger and sorrow, in addition to an energy point.
Out of a total of 180 applications from 35 different countries, the jury chose 15 startups that met their strict criteria of innovation, creativity and potential growth.
In cooperation with Luxinnovation, Docler Holding launched a startup contest in 2014. The Pitch Your Startup (PYSU) initiative aims to assemble Luxembourg’s local players to support the country’s startup scene, to attract international attention, and to foster innovative ideas. Now well established, the competition opens its doors each year with the help of sponsors. Everyone’s goal? Bolstering chances of success for young businesses via financial contribution and reputation building. PYSU calls the same place home each year since 2016: ICT Spring Europe, the international tech summit.
At PYSU’s 5th edition, 60 startups will have a chance to pitch on May 21st in Luxembourg. They must fall into one of the four following categories: FinTech and RegTech; Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Big Data; Smart Living; Cybersecurity. Winners will be announced on May 21st during the ICT Spring Gala Dinner.