At the FIWARE matchmaking event at New Factory Open in Tampere, Finland, on 26 May 2016 five startups presented their business idea to customers with 5 minutes pitches. There were over 20 people from different companies listening to the pitches. After each pitch companies had the possibility to ask some questions. The event was very casual and after pitches there was a networking lunch with customers and New Factory Open partners. Also two more startups joined the lunch so that total 7 startups participated in the event. Startups and companies continued discussions over lunch.
After the FIWARE matchmaking event almost everyone participated in the New Factory Open (NFO) event in the afternoon. New Factory Open is organised once a year in May. It’s New Factory’s biggest event with over 400 guests from universities, companies and public organisations. The theme of this year’s NFO was restarts meet startups and what they could learn from each other. At NFO FIWARE and startups had a joint stand where they could present themselves. In addition New Factory’s startups and Demola teams presented their ideas in the showroom.
In general, companies found the event and the presentations of startups very interesting. Participating startups were from very different domains and so were the companies. Despite of this quite a few contacts were made and business cards were changed during the event. Most of the startups were surprised about the number of participants in the NFO. Also in NFO new contacts were made.
…“The matchmaking event was great! I got three very useful contacts related to my work. I’ll definitely contact them also later.”…
Anu-Maria Laitinen, City of Tampere, 6Aika Open data community manager