The Directorate for R&D Innovation at the University of Szeged (USZ) organised a Pitching Day for researchers and students on May 30, 2019, within the framework of its annual Innovation Week.
The aim of the USZ’s Virtus Pitching Day is to provide the active researchers and creative students of the university with a deeper insight into the world of startups, as well as to give an opportunity for project and idea initiators to present their project, convince potential investors, extend their networks and collect project feedback.
The event was opened by Prof. Dr.Zoltán Kónya, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation, who emphasised the pivotal role the University plays in supporting young talents and the importance of bringing young people closer to the innovation chain that includes investors and industry players. This goal is ensured by the USZ Virtus program and the recently finalised participation in the Demola network.
Following the introduction of the jury members, the student and research teams presented their project ideas. A total of six teams pitched their ideas to the jury. We have seen a catering industry chatbot system, a multi-functional community restaurant application plan, a solution that can help hearing-impaired people with their communication problems, as well as plans for legal and financial services applications that innovatively link service providers with potential customers. Additionally, a team of researchers presented the idea of a surgical design system to cure a subspecies of cancerous diseases, which is a further development to an already well-known and established therapeutic method. Eventually,the ExiPay team, who work on developing an instant mobile payment infrastructure, win this year’s contest.