EuroBiotix at University StartUp World Cup Finals in Copenhagen

We at EuroBiotix, first tenants of ABVenture Zone Aberdeen, have just finished our week in Copenhagen taking part in the in Copenhagen taking part in the University Startup World Cup.

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There was a fantastic buzz around the city and throughout the World Cup cohort. It was awesome being part of such a large-scale high profile competition, and to be around inspiring individuals from all over the world. There really were some fantastic teams with great ideas, and we did our best to network at every possible opportunity.

On our first day we met our fellow competitors and the staff team. Throughout the day we had a number of talks from successful entrepreneurs from which we learned a lot.

On Wednesday, we had the privilege of spending the day at Novo Nordisk’s (the biggest pharmaceutical company in Denmark) training centre. Over the course of the day, we had the chance to meet with staff and pitch our ideas to senior staff. We also had the pleasure of experiencing the famous buffet they put on for their staff at lunch.

On Thursday we pitched to a panel of judges in the ‘life science and med tech’ category. The pressure was on, as there were ten teams competing for three places in Fridays final. We kept cool and delivered a what we thought was a strong pitch. Afterwards, we were fairly sure that would be pitching again on Friday in the final.

Fridays finale was hosted at the Confederation of Danish Industry. We were ecstatic when our names were announced as category finalists, and we rushed to get some last minute preparation in before the next round of pitching.

eurobiotix pitch world cup

We delivered another strong pitch in front of a panel of ten judges and were then subjected to a 15 minute question session. During the Q&A, it became apparent that our not-for-profit and community interest intentions were not what the judges were looking for. Some of the venture capitalists in the panel also asked some really difficult questions.  Unfortunately, we didn’t win our category. On the bright side, the team that beat us ended up winning first prize, and had a very strong idea.

The whole week was a fantastic experience and opportunity for us at the EuroBiotix team! We would like to thank ABVenture zone for their support throughout our journey so far.

Written by James & Matthew

Enterprise Campus hosts first event in ABVenture Zone

ABVenture Zone had it’s very first event post-launch last week. Enterprise Campus North hub, with help from colleagues from the East hub, hosted a two day business bootcamp for students who had business ideas they wanted to develop. The event was open to students from all of the North hub’s five partner universities and the range of ideas the students brought with them was incredible. Feedback has been very positive and we can’t wait to start planning for the next bootcamp! Enterprise Campus will be hosting many more events in this excellent space over the coming months so watch this space…

Lucy from Enterprise Campus East hub talking about competition and drivers
Lucy from Enterprise Campus East hub talking about competition and drivers
Mapping out the tea industry with different drivers
Mapping out the tea industry with different drivers
Enterprise Campus feeling quite at home in ABVenture Zone
Enterprise Campus feeling quite at home in ABVenture Zone

An Interview with Dr Liz Rattray

Our brand new mascot (still yet to be officially named) sent some questions to Dr Liz Rattray from the University of Aberdeen’s Research and Innovation Department to find out a little bit more about ABVenture Zone.

  1. Tell us a bit more about the purpose of the ABVenture Zone and how it’s come about?

The ABVenture Zone has been set up to support start up businesses and encourage entrepreneurs to develop new products and services. Using design ideas, it is hoped that the Zone will be an  inspiring place for students, staff, alumni and local start-up companies to plan and develop their business ideas. It also provides a focus within the University of Aberdeen for events, teaching and training in entrepreneurship.  It came about as part of a wider initiative – the Accelerate Aberdeen programme, funded through Aberdeen City Council under the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport Superconnected Cities initiative.

  1. What is your role in relation to ABVenture Zone?

I have been the overall nominated project lead for the University as supporting start ups and spin-outs is one of the roles for Research Innovation.  The day to day project management is primarily down to Ian Garioch from our IT Services department, with significant input from my colleague Ann Lewendon  and the Enterprise Campus team in Aberdeen.

  1. Which piece of kit are you most excited about and why?

I have to say, I am looking forward to trying out the 3D printers, and seeing how the tenants might prototype some of their ideas.

  1. What would you like to see come out of the project?

I would like to see a vibrant and entrepreneurial culture of creativity which encourages students and researchers to take that next step.  I’d like to see the Zone being the place on campus.

  1. What would your best piece of advice be to those wanting to start their own business?

Quoting Andy – our interior designer “If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0”