RoboCamp: The Most Creative Startup 2016

RoboCamp: The Most Creative Startup 2016

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For the first time, company from Poland won the international Startup Europe Awards, promoted by the European Commission. Wojciech Syrocki, founder of Robocamp, received the award in Brussels in June. 84 startups from 14 different countries participated in the finals. We are writing about this, as the victors have common past with Black Pearls VC, being one of the first companies our Managing Partner, Marcin P. Kowalik, decided to invest in.

The most creative startup was chosen not only based on its innovativeness. The jury also considered such criteria as the cultural compromise, or sustainability. Every participating company had to take into account various social issues: gender policy, social inclusion and collaboration with NGOs. Moreover, the startup had to include the entire Europe in its business plan, not only one country. The jury decided to name RoboCAMP the best startup in the Creative category and underlined that they have every possibility to go global.In the finals of the Startup Europe Awards 2016 participated 9 startups from Poland: Pelvifly (Health), Jumbster (Tourism), Ronzo (Green), DeepDoc (ICT), Smartbox (Energy), Equally (FinTech), Socialgamer (Social), Sense (Smart Cities) and RoboCAMP (Creativity).About the AwardStartup Europe Awards is an initiative aiming to identify local role models that could become an example to follow for other entrepreneurs and public administration. The objective behind it is to support local investors and foster unconventional solutions that encourage the growth of entrepreneurship.About RoboCampRoboCAMP teaches how to teach coding and robotics. The company offers comprehensive solutions developed by educators, psychologists and engineers. They organize online training for teachers, create exercises and entire courses available through their e-learning platform and provide equipment for robotics workshops. What’s more, the teacher can seek their assistance during the lesson. RoboCAMP encourages children to learn physics, mechanics, biology and to solve problems – whether they appear in the code, or in the real life.
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https://www.robocamp.pl/pl/startup-europe-awards-2016/

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Black Pearls VC's Marcin P. Kowalik enters Kauffmann Fellows Class 22

As it is still quite young, Polish innovations and VC industry needs knowledge, good practices and worldwide network to keep up the global pace and use its great potential. We decided that the cradle of the industry is the best place to get them from. Palo Alto, California, Kauffman Fellows – Class 22. That’s where our Marcin P. Kowalik spent a week of his time in June. Our Managing Partner is actually the second Black Pearls VC team member to take part in the Program, as Ewa Treitz succesfully completed her course last year.