WeQ4U wins European tech challenge final in Cork
05 November 2015
Davide Parenti, Stefan Rademacher, Ioannis Pachos and Haydar Mahmoud of WeQ4U
A platform and app for replacing physical queues for virtual ones is the winner of this year’s EU-XCEL Challenge Final which supports the creation of new, innovative multi-national tech start-ups.
Young tech entrepreneurs from across Europe battled it out to win the final, the final phase of a new four month European Virtual Accelerator programme. From a shortlist of 12, the winners were announced last night at UCC and include WeQ4U (a queue management platform), DataMine (streamlines data services for scientists) and CRAW.ly (SaaS platform for wholesale businesses).
WeQ4U was announced as the 2015 winning start-up team, led by a transnational team from Italy, Greece and Denmark with its platform that provides a solution to manage queues effortlessly, replacing physical queues with virtual ones. The platform and app is currently being implemented in theme parks providing visitors with a better experience and plans are already underway to diversify its application.
“The international startup teams shortlisted demonstrate the power of diverse multi-national ICT skilled European teams and there is a key lesson for Europe. This must become the norm and mechanisms that allow multi-national company formation, incubation mobility and European-wide entrepreneurship pathways will accelerate this.” said Dr Brian O’Flaherty, EU-XCEL programme director.
DataMine were runners up with a platform that streamlines data services and saves scientists time by using propriety conversion algorithms to provide data they require in a fast, clean and reliable way on a holistic platform.
Another finalist, CRAW.ly – led by a team from Spain, Greece, Italy and Poland – is a SaaS platform targeted towards large corporate businesses that produce, manufacture or sell consumer products to wholesalers. Its aim is to give businesses a clear idea of how their products are priced by retailers, on a daily basis.
“It is a huge opportunity that everyone should participate in because they really learn something that money can’t buy. The focus on team spirit, enjoying what you do and working hard is a great combination. The programme really gets you to push your boundaries and gets you working and thinking outside your comfort zone. Next we are about to talk to investors. I would never have believed this was possible just a few months ago,” said Haydar Mahmoud of WeQ4U.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/11/05/weq4u-wins-european-tech-challenge-final-in-cork/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/DC-031115-EUXCEL-22-002-2-1024x683.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/DC-031115-EUXCEL-22-002-2-300x300.jpgNewsICT,UCC