19 Apr University of Belgrade student teams at the Danube Cup 2023 competition
The University of Belgrade is, once again, one of the partners of the student startup competition Danube Cup, which provides a unique opportunity for young entrepreneurs who are already working on the development of an innovative business idea, validated among potential customers/users at least at the local level.
Last week, the national finals for the University of Belgrade teams were held, during which two student startup teams were selected to represent the University of Belgrade at the Danube Cup 2023 competition – farmit and SignAvatar!
The criteria based on which the jury selected the two winning teams were the originality of the business idea, the possibility of entering the market, the feasibility of the business idea, the development of the product/service, and the quality of the team.
The jury consisted of experts in business development, startup, and innovative entrepreneurship: Tamara Čolić Milosavljević, Technology Transfer Manager of the Center for Technology Transfer of the University of Belgrade; Dr. Jelena Nedeljković, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade; Dr. Mladen Čudanov, Full Professor of the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade; Dr. Stefan Komazec, Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade.
farmit is a unique farm-to-table concept that aims to provide customers with quality and healthy vegetables. The user creates a garden on the application and monitors its development over the phone, while a team of farmers and technologists takes care of its maintenance and vegetable delivery. The user also has the option of visiting the plot, and the whole concept helps to strengthen small and sustainable agricultural production.
SignAvatar is a software that translates speech into sign language using artificial intelligence and is designed to help the hearing impaired in their daily lives. Just some of the examples where it is possible to integrate SignAvatar are television, video platforms (Youtube, Tiktok), video calls (Teams, Cisco Webex), banks, schools, public transport, as well as public and state institutions. The team’s long-term vision is for SignAvatar to become globally available and accessible to every hearing-impaired person for easier integration into society.
In the following period, the selected teams will be mentored and prepared for the semi-finals (May 10, 2023, Passau), during which one team will advance to the finals of the Danube Cup competition (May 12, 2023, Regensburg).
Good luck to our great teams!