The Awarded Startups at Rubik Garage Accelerator Demo Day 2022 Batch
September 7, 2022
After an intensive 4-month acceleration journey, the startups of Rubik Garage Accelerator, batch of 2022, had the chance to demonstrate their potential at Demo Day, in front of investors and the startup community. See the winners below!
>> Best Startup – Bloomcoding, the online after-school that teaches children coding skills. Initially founded in Moldova, the startup has successfully extended to two other markets during Rubik Garage – Bulgaria and Poland. It already raised an investment of 250K euro, with 300K left in its pre-seed round.
>> Best Pitch – Chambr, the startup that helps learning & development professionals create learning games that increase content retention, was awarded by the jury with Best Pitch. Chamber is already present in over 23 countries and has over 25 paying clients, including UiPath.
>> Cohort Award – under the motto #GiveBeforeYouGet, the founders of the cohort had the chance to award their own prize. TULIPR, a one-stop-shop that streamlines the event planning process for businesses, agencies and event professionals, was the winner. TULIPR already has over 1K clients, including Deloitte and Best Jobs, and raised an investment of 150K euros.
>> Popularity Award – Chambr won it with over 800 votes.
>> ROCA X Award, which consists of 12 months of mentorship, was awarded to the Ukrainian startup Pocket IP, the one-stop-shop web service for managing Intellectual property (IP) rights objects worldwide from one online account. Pocket IP launched its MVP in august 2022, in the conflict-affected zone, and already has its first paying customer.
>> Startup Wise Guys has selected two startups – stock.estate and TULIPR. Stock.estate is the fastest growing crowd-lending platform specialized in identifying, vetting and financing real estate opportunities, and they already raised 300K euros on the platform. The SWG award consists of fast track to a pitch day or selection bootcamp for one of their accelerator programs & immersion week to work from SWG office for 1 week/10 days during the Slush conference week. Furthermore, SWG will guide the chosen startups to network within Tallinn startup ecosystem.
>> The SeedBlink Award went to Bloomcoding. SeedBlink waived its setup fee on their platform, worth 3,000 euros if the startup will be elected and have successful fundraising on SeedBlink.
Moreover, 10 startups were selected to continue their journey in the Link Point program, where they will receive tailored support for raising an investment round in the next 6 months: Volvero, Infinity Toy Box, SMSO, TULIPR, Sales Time, Rastel.io, FREYA Recruiting, Foodobox, Chambr, Bloomcoding.
This was a great batch of 22 international startups, selected from 120 applications. In total, the batch has bootstrapped over 1.5 million euros, had a revenue of over 1.5 million euros until now, raised investment of over 2.6 million euros, achieved an MRR of 113K euro, created over 140 jobs and was trusted by over 23 investors and 6 VCs. Now, they are seeking to raise 6 million euros until January 2023.
Special thanks to the strategic partners: ROCA X, Startup Wise Guys, SeedBlink, Global Kinetics, the jurors: Alina Georgescu (Investment Manager at Catalyst), Alexandru Bogdan (CEO of ROCA X), Razvan Suta (Program Director at Startup Wise Guys), Mircea Ghita (Investment Manager at SeedBlink), the extended team of NRDA, and all of the mentors who supported the 2022 cohort. Once again, we are so grateful to feel that #WeAreInThisTogether!
Rubik Garage is an equity-free acceleration program aiming to support startups from CEE. We are helping early-stage startups get to their first paying customer, raise investment or go international. Read more about the acceleration experience in this article crafted by The Recursive.
The accelerator started with a Founders Bootcamp in Piatra Neamt. Four months of acceleration culminated with a Demo Day, where startups get the chance to pitch their startup in front of investors. For the most motivated teams, the journey will continue in the next 6-12 months – our team will offer their full support to help them raise an investment round.
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And if you are an early-stage startup looking to target, scale or raise investment in the USA market, then we have good news for you – we launched our Alpha Startups accelerator – Road to the USA! Find out details here.