After five intense sessions, a great deal of determination, and lots of hard work, 12 startup teams successfully finished their #YouStartIT Validator Programme by participating in last Saturday’s pitching event held at the MITA Data Centre. As per usual #YouStartIT practice, each pitch had to be delivered within five minutes and after that, the judges had another five minutes at their disposal for Q&A.
All 12 teams delivered excellent pitches, which undoubtedly put the judging panel in a very difficult position. The deliberation, in fact, took much longer than expected and when the judges finally emerged from their private room everyone was super eager to hear the news.
In the end, FIVE teams got selected for the next phase and will continue their startup journey as part of the fifth YouStartIT accelerator programme. This coming September these five startup teams will be joining the rest of the YouStartIT#5 cohort for their acceleration phase! Well done to Celuna, Reap, Riktig, SECURA and Smart Athletes.