Start-up businesses seeking a combination of investment and inspiration will be out in force at the forthcoming EiG (The Arena Berlin, 30 October – 1 November) with organisers, Clarion Gaming, confirming a shortlist of five for the annual LaunchPad competition.
The EiG 2017 LaunchPad finalists comprise: BotGaming: A Blockchain-powered gambling platform for messenger bots (Presenter CEO, Kirill Pyrev); Chalkline Sports: An intelligent audience monetisation platform for mobile sports betting with automated data driven content for higher Customer Lifetime Values (Presenter: CEO, Daniel Kustelski); Contrarian Investments: US entity wagering platform making Nevada-based sports wagers on behalf of investors (Presenter Owner, Chris Connelly); eSports.com ltd: A one-stop-shop for eSports interested companies and individuals, combining community with real revenue streams (Presenter: Co-Founder and CEO, Philipp Geppert) and Relex Studios: An HTML5 technology suite that allows users to run Unity 2D games in a mobile browser for RMG (Presenter: CEO, Ngozi Watts).
Since its inception in 2008, the EiG LaunchPad has bought small businesses to the fore allowing gaming, gambling and technology start-ups to introduce their companies to the industry’s key influencers. Selected following a submission process, the start-ups receive an invaluable opportunity to present their ideas and revenue projections to a panel of judges who then quiz them on their propositions. The final decision on the winner rests with EiG attendees who vote for the most investable start-up at the end of the session.
Judging the start-ups and commenting on the pitches will be VC and strategic investors: Evan Hoff, Director, Velo Capital Partners and Co-Founder, RNG Foundry; Anton Kaszubowski, Director and Owner, Greenlaw Limited; Paul Barnes, Investor and Former MD, Intralot Germany and Tom Murgatroyd, Head of Product and Operations, Sky Betting and Gaming.
“I have been a judge on the EiG Launchpad for a few years now and it’s always interesting to see new approaches to gaming. The industry is often said to lack innovation and the Launchpad has been a driving force in showcasing emerging technologies and ideas. Over the years there have been some really interesting start-ups with investment potential and I’m looking forward to hearing this year’s pitches,” commented Evan Hoff from Velo Partners.
EiG, one of the most anticipated b2b events on the gaming industry calendar, is being held at The Arena Berlin, 30 October – 1 November. The theme for 2017, Generation Hybrid, will focus on key challenges and opportunities facing the I-Gaming industry, including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and how to engage with Generation Z. To register for EiG, visit: www.eigexpo.com