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Closing event #BeAI pre-accelerator

1000 AI enthusiasts across the globe joined five early-stage deep tech startups

#BeAI, the first pre-accelerator in Romania and one of the first in Europe fully dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) concluded on December 8 by awarding five of the 10 early-stage deep-tech finalist startups. The closing event titled “Pitch & Demo Day” was live-streamed and watched online by 1000 viewers in tens of countries, with the top cities being Bucharest, Toronto, Lahore, Tallinn, and Paris. #BeAI was organized by Bucharest AI, the largest AI community in Romania, in partnership with Orange RomaniaGapminder VCTechceleratorSmart Everything Everywhere and The Informal School of IT. Additional over 30 partners including tech Romanian and international communities, embassies, chambers of commerce and universities supported the event, while craft beer was offered to participants by Beast from the Yeast

Awards granted during #BeAI’s Pitch & Demo Day were decided by an eight-member jury.  Repsmate, Romanian early-stage deep-tech startup, won the Pre-seed Readiness Award consisting of EUR50,000 pre-seed investment from Gapminder via convertible note.  Over 600 supporters in the audience casted their votes to their favourite team which led to the EVAAI startup from Estonia winning the People’s Choice Award. Other startups awarded were Factide for Accelerator Readiness that goes straight into one of Techcelerator’s future 2021 program for acceleration, Lienda for Best industry fit startup, and Crowdlens for Best use of AI tech startup and for Best scale-up potential. The other finalist startups were Emoface from France, WIYO from The Netherlands, Zoom Report, Webcube, and Meanyng.ai  from Romania.

The #BeAI pre-accelerator unfolded from October – December 2020 and consisted of over 150 group and private 1:1 mentorship sessions across 10 AI segments facilitated by 32 high-calibre mentors. Real pitching exercises in front of real investors were provided courtesy of #BeAI’s partner, the Romanian-French Chamber of Commerce. Other benefits to startups included media exposure with top tech local outlets, and BeAI community awareness through social channels and podcast interviews in the Applied AI Pod show.

For 2021, an official invitation to contribute to Bucharest.AI’s next year mission through Proof-of-Concept exercises was made to ZoomReport, RepsMate and Factide. The three startups will partner with the #BeAI team to either profile 2021 Pre-Accelerator applicants, help map a regional ecosystem for AI startups and businesses by Technology Readiness Levels or to develop innovative solutions to grow the AI community. Additionally, Bucharest.AI will advance its educational agenda, through the Elements of Romania program just launched and other initiatives to be announced.

Bucharest.AI is humbled by the entire program’s feedback and encouraged to join a 2021 audacious mission to help 100 early stage deep tech startups, teams and ideas. We have seen exceptionally talented applicants and we want to offer help to even more startups, teams and ideas than the ones we can accept as selected finalists.” concludes Ioana Irimia, Bucharest.AI Co-Founder.

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