TU Munich student Leif Luehmann and his startup Transport Heroes won this year’s EVP pitch competition which marked the concluding highlight of the 2018 edition of EuroTech‘s European Venture Programme . In the finals, Leif outranked fellow TUM student Alex Pohl with Contunity and Jeroen Bleker from Eindhoven with his startup Spike. Bram Cappers, also from the TU/e, won the prize for the best 2-pager with his plan for Eventpad.
EuroTech’s Eindhoven University of Technology hosted the final event of this year’s European Venture Programme (EVP). Out of 22 different startups from five technical universities across Europe, the German pitches were most convincing, according to a jury of three specialists in entrepreneurship.
The EVP is an intensive 12-day programme that takes entrepreneurs on a journey to four different ecosystems in Europe to enable startups to grow their business beyond borders. Prior to the concluding pitch competition, participants already visited DTU in Copenhagen, EPFL Lausanne and TU Munich for several components involved in creating a business.
Piet van der Wielen, one of the jury members, shared some serious advise with the winner at the end: “Google the hell out of your potential competition! There’s always a company similar to yours. And if you didn’t find it on page 1, go to page 2, 3 and 4. And learn from it, try to find that one aspect that distinguishes you from the rest.”