Vienna, Ljubljana – Last week VouchForMe took part in the exclusive event organized by FIA Region 1. The Startup Challenge Day was the introduction to the annual Marketing and Management Meeting of the Clubs in the EMEA Region. VouchForMe was one of the twelve startups selected to present their ideas to the 22 Clubs. The result: we were voted as one of the top three startups that will pitch at the Annual General Assembly meeting of FIA global in December!
FIA initiated the open call for participation already in February 2019. The organization was on a mission to attract startups with innovation contributing to three areas: Mobility in rural areas, Home and personal assistance, Health and elderly, and a special Star category aiming at any other idea that resonates with the Clubs’ identity. Until the deadline, on 31st May FIA received 67 applications. Out of those the startup challenge committee chose 12 to present at the event in Vienna on October 22.
In the first part of the meetup day, our CMO Lučka Čokl Preis pitched the VouchForMe social proof concept. We received so much traction that the team was busy throughout the meeting session exploring opportunities on how to partner and implement the VouchForMe platform in the Clubs’ service portfolio. The afternoon was reserved for panel discussions. VouchForMe’s CEO, Jacob Westerlaken participated in the session on Road Safety, together with three other startups Drivvisor, SmartPhones, and SafeDrivePod. The debate was lively and the questions for panel speakers were pouring.
The most exciting part was the final voting session. VouchForMe was chosen as one of the top 3 three finalists together with Iomob and AlphaHapp by having the biggest potential and traction with the Clubs. We are super proud and looking forward to taking the stage again in Paris.