Success Story - Agricolus
As of May 2017, a total of thirty-three companies had raised 120 million Euro. Participants that engaged in the programme have found tailored solutions to their varying needs and according to their development stages:
aims to provide a complete system for managing pesticide and growth treatments
for agricultural crops.
recent times, when agriculture is facing several problems such as constant
increasing prices of factors of production, the decline in selling prices of
agricultural products, the need for reducing pollution and saving energy
resources and primary, the introduction of precision farming is a new
opportunity in crop management.
identifying and monitoring the variability of soil parameters of each plot, the
vigor of the plant and attack of plant pathogens, it is possible to establish
different criteria for intervention in individual fields by optimizing the
cultivation (fertilization, spreading of plant protection, irrigation, etc.) as
well as the costs of production and the level of pollution.
Suite is a FIWARE based application that allows to improve agricultural
production, minimize environmental damage by utilizing maximum contents of
products restricting the use of certain pesticides from the new CAP, raise
production quality standards and achieve cost savings resulting from the
rationalization of farming operations by using precision farming.
to the InvestHorizon Investment Forum in Lisbon on 22 October 2015 brought to
Agricolus new customers, improved validation of their solutions and potential
partnership and distributors for our products. They were also approached by an
Italian investor right after their pitch.
“The pitch was useful to validate our
technological and business strategies and market approach. It has been a very
important experience for Agricolus. We had good results after this experience
and we had the chance to introduce ourselves to this valuable group of international
got back in touch with Andrea and he told us that since the event, “many things happened with Agricolus! The
most important one is that we will establish, with other investors, a spin-off
in the next few weeks (by the end of February). It is a big step: it will
become a dedicated company with an international staff and the direct
contribution of people from two Italian universities: we will mix our business
skills with a strong research team!”
“Other than this, we have just been accepted in
the scaleup acceleration process of EIT Digital: they will support us for both
our lines of products, WiseTown and Agricolus. This is a very big step!”
was also selected to present in the Startup Europe Italy Finals last December and
was awarded tickets to the EBAN Malaga Congress.
Success Story - Knok
Knok - http://www.knokcare.com/en
offers on-demand in-person appointments at a patient’s home. No more waiting at
the hospital because the doctor “Knoks" on your door.
provides top quality, personalised and affordable health care delivered by GPs,
paediatricians and psychiatrists, not only improving the satisfaction of
patients but also the quality of outcomes, whilst simultaneously enabling doctors
to earn more money.
Participation to InvestHorizon
in the InvestHorizon coaching academy and investment forum in Porto on 25 May
2016 catalysed great outcomes for Knok. José Bastos met with potential
investors from across Europe, which helped him get valuable insights on
different healthcare markets in the EU and refine his target country analysis.
“The depth of our EU knowledge was
strengthened with our participation in InvestHorizon (which was a smaller and
more focused event), where we met new and relevant business angels. We are
still in touch with many of these angels, and as we now have a clear geographic
roadmap for our expansion, each of these people can play a key role in market
“Finally, it has broadened our understanding
of EU funding and grants programmes and we are working together with startups
and companies we met at InvestHorizon to apply to the relevant programmes.
Hopefully we’ll be successful, in which case IH will have meaningfully changed
the trajectory of our business!”
What happened since then
got back in touch with José Bastos, CEO, and he told us that a lot of things
have happened since May 2016.
winning the “Most Investable Company” award at the InvestHorizon Investment
Forum, Knok raised its £300k seed round lead by Mustard Seed Impact (a London based
VC fund), with 6 business angels participating with small stakes in the round.
“We closed our round in November and
since then our revenues trebled and we have two more people working with us.
Additionally, we are offering our services in 3 more cities in Portugal, we’ve
launched our Android app and we are preparing our lunch in Madrid, where we
hope to launch during the second quarter of 2017.”
this, Knok’s presence in Spain has been enhanced by the fact that they have
been admitted to the first batch of “Rising Startup Spain”, an accelerator
promoted by ICEX in Spain: “They have a
great relationship with EBAN and not only do we feel they have appreciated the
validation we got from the InvestHorizon Investment Forum but also that we will
be meeting again soon, as we will soon be part of EBAN events in Spain, with
new opportunities to meet future investors of our next investment round! And we
must not forget the great people we’ve met along the way that we are sure they
we’ll be a part of our growth to new markets.”
speaking, José is thrilled to say that Knok is entering a new and exciting era:
“launching internationally is providing
the opportunity to learn the best practises in different geographies and to
improve the general service level we deliver everywhere. Additionally, we are
working hard to deliver a better user experience and find our doctors new
opportunities to increase their pay practising medicine like they’ve dreamed
all along! We claim that Knok is ‘your healthcare everywhere’ and that’s what
we’re focused on delivering!”
Success Story - aucobo
Founders: Michael Reutter, Benjamin Schaich
Business Idea: Improve the productivity of machines and workers on the shopfloor by connecting different systems in order to
decrease media discontinuity and avoid unnecessary work with aucobo.
Problem: Lots of companies still utilize used machines and old software. Therefore they have isolated applications and ineffective processes. A total replacement of all used machines and software is very expensive and in most cases not profitable.Furthermore small and medium sized companies have a lack of IT-specialists to implement, maintain and use
IT-systems for the production. Even more important, they do not have the knowledge to connect IT-Systems and machines.
Solution: With aucobo different interfaces from new and
used systems can be connected, in order that different machines and software can communicate with each other. Connection and the implementation of new systems can
be done easy without coding skills.New processes can be arranged with a few clicks and matching hardware to update machinery can be bought in the aucobo store. There
is no need to hire new IT-experts and lots of money can be saved.
Product: To get the most out of every production we give them a tool kit with three tools in it. First a ruler builder to easy set up automations, like smart notifications or bringing information from a machine into software A Visualization tool to visualize data or built apps like for the maintenance process and a data analytics tool for live analytics for streaming data.
Always our goal in mind to make everything so simple that everybody on the shop floor can do this without any IT-skills.
USP: Aucobo is the solution which workers and engineers can set up and adapt new automation processes. That means continuous connection and automation with machines, sensors and software for non IT-experts. Additionally a shop to buy matching soft- and hardware to upgrade your machines.
What has happened since the Heidelberg
Innovation Forum 2016 and the InvestHorizon Coaching Day?
- Participants of Batch 4 of
the Accelerator Programme Techfounders (Accelerator managed by
UnternehmerTUM with BMW, Bosch, Siemens, FESTO and others)
- Company has acquired new
clients and aucobo’s solution is now being used by a big German
automation company based in Esslingen for their production processes
- The team now has a
demonstrator in the FutureWorkLab of
Fraunhofer IAO that presents and collects industry 4.0 use cases and will
be part of the regional Arena2036 initiative
- The team has been
selected for the programme Young Innovators of the state of
- Aucobo now has an office
in Stuttgart as part of the code_n spaces
- 5 people are now working
on the vision of aucobo, the team started with two founders originally
Success Story - Preesale
- Acquire new clients in
the coming months
- Find equity investment to scale and grow further
Preesale – Ticketing Services - https://preesale.com
Their pitch: Multiply your sales channels by
increasing your tickets sales on Facebook. Easily connect your Facebook app to
your Facebook page, create your tickets in less than 5 minutes and sell to
targeted customers, and promote your events on Facebook – the best platform to
target your attendees.
A member of the Preesale’s team participated to the
coaching academies on Pitch.
In 2015, Preesale was in the TOP 50 belgian start-up
to invest in by the magazine Trends-Tendance.
In 2016, they were selected by the famous accelerator
program Techstars to take part in the batch in Atlanta.
Since the creation of the start-up in 2015, the
develop a lot their customer tractions and are now break even.