At the invitation of Jyväskylä, the seventh largest city in Finland, EBAN delegation visited the Business Rally week. Namely, the city of Jyväskylä is the World Rally Championship (WRC) organizer and has merged the sports and business by organizing 4th Week of Business Rally. EBAN delegation, members of EBAN Board of Directors Brigitte Baumann, Davorin Štetner, Audra Shallal, Prijedor Rohumaa and EBAN Director Jacopo Losso, were welcomed by the Mayor of Jyväskylä Timo Koivisto and President of Venture Development Finland and Business Jyväskylä.
Four active days of tense events like the Growing Opena were held, where ten startups participated in the pitch competition. The victory was carried out by Ekolet, the beginner who produces the toilets which create dry compost, while the second and third place were taken by Pengol and Zaibatsu. A panel discussion was also held by 20 managers of risk capital and business angels from around the world. There was pitch competition of nine start-ups in the health sector whose reward was collected by Brain Care, a startup that has developed a non-invasive solution for monitoring intracranial pressure occurring within the skull.
“Business Jyväskylä and City of Jyväskylä are doing a fabulous job to make this region an international center for entrepreneurship and health investment, the well-being and sports. It’s unbelievable to see that a city with 140,000 citizens supports entrepreneurship. We can learn a lot from them”, said Davorin Štetner, President of CRANE and member of EBAN who also invited Mayor Koivista and his associates to visit Zagreb.