SBA Start Up Factory: Pollustock and Fred Win Competition

SBA Start Up Factory: Pollustock and Fred Win Competition

September 15, 2020: Sophia Business Angels (SBA) are pleased to announce the winners and participants the 2020 Start Up Factory.  This is the 17th edition of the event that provides new entrepreneurs and students, with either an active project or simply a well developed idea, the opportunity to network with private investors, bank executives and other experts in the Startup Ecosystem. This year we featured 12 companies pitching their new ventures for 3 minutes without visual support. The sold-out event had 80 socially distant and mask-wearing attendees which included startups, judges, and sponsors, at Espaces Antipolis.

New this year, SBA enhanced the event to support two winners with 12-hours each with personalized and free follow-up by club members. And the winners are…  Stéphane Asikian, CEO of Pollustock and Mira Hizobel Mclean, CEO of Fred.  Fred provides an alternative channel to Uber (and other ride sharing apps) for chauffer drivers. It offers them a way to retain ownership of their customers and instead of paying commission for each transport they pay a flat fee per month.  Pollustock makes an innovative trap nets to help keep the sea and the oceans clean. It blocks waste (paper, plastics, cigarette butts etc.) that flows from rivers to the sea via rainwater pipes. The company is seeing a lot of early adoption, even Cannes has started to install this type of net.

The other startups who delivered quality pitches on innovative project are:

Judges from the SBA and stakeholders in the startup ecosystem  (PACA-Est, Innovagrasse, CreACannes, INRIA and SKEMA Ventures) assessed each pitch with the following criteria: 

  • Quality of the pitch
  • Clarity of vision
  • Market positioning
  • Financial projections
  • Investment approach
  • Management team

Thank you to all the judges for their dedication:

Philippe CHEREAU – Director of SKEMA VENTURES

Alexandra GOLOVANOWREGION SUD INVESTISSEMENTS

Candace JOHNSON – Emerita president of SOPHIA BUSINESS ANGELS

Jonathan LAROUSSINIE – Vice-President of SOPHIA BUSINESS ANGELS

Laurent MASSON – Directeur of PACA EST INCUBATOR

Alain PRETTE – In charge of Partnerships and Innovation at INRIA

Annie PROD’HOMME – General Secretary of SOPHIA BUSINESS ANGELS

Daniel DIB – President of SOPHIA BUSINESS ANGELS

SBA Congratulates this year’s winners, Pollustock and Fred, and would like to thank the participating members of the startup ecosystem of this event that keep it thriving. 

 

About SBA

Founded in 2002, the Sophia Business Angels (SBA) are dedicated to fostering and investing in innovative startups on the French Riviera. Sophia Antipolis represents one of the leading technology parks in France and Europe. The group features successful men and women who previously enjoyed careers as entrepreneurs or corporate executives and bring international expertise from diverse disciplines, industries and countries. SBA members are dedicated to mentoring, developing, and investing in promising startups that will deliver significant financial returns for the group and entire innovation ecosystem.

 

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