Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market leader UiPath announced the six finalists of the 2019 Automation Awards CEE, a competition designed for software start-ups and scale-ups from the CEE region and Turkey, aiming to support the best teams in the region dedicated to building the best B2B non-manufacturing automation software.
In its first edition, the competition attracted more than 100 entries in the two categories, with applicants coming from 12 countries. The jury assessed the submissions according to criteria such as the passion and vision of the founders, the value of their technology proposition and its potential to answer a market need, and the size of the market for their product.
Starting mid-June and until September 2, the competition received submissions for the two award tracks: the Start-up Automation Award, which recognizes existing teams that have already developed a technical minimum viable automation product and received no more than USD 1 million in funding; and the Scale-up Automation Award, which acknowledges companies that offer a functioning technology, have a solid team of at least four members, a portfolio of three paying customers and received a maximum funding of USD 3 million.
The finalists in the two award categories of UiPath’s 2019 Automation Awards CEE are:
Start-up Automation Award
- Bulletproof AI (Czech Republic) – Security for machine learning;
- Edward.ai (Poland) – AI powered assistant for sales representatives;
- Nifty learning (Romania) – Operational intelligence for training;
Scale-up Automation Award
- Aggero (Romania) – AI-powered audience analytics and influencer intelligence for gaming;
- Applica AI (Poland) – AI-based software that automates the scrutiny and comprehension of unstructured text in enterprises
- Smartdreamers (Romania) – Recruitment marketing automation software for companies;
The six finalists will pitch their ideas live on the stage of the How To Web conference in Bucharest on October 30, for the two award packages up for grabs. The winner in the start-up category will win EUR 50,000 in cash, mentoring hours with UiPath experienced executives, tech and marketing support. The scale-up category winner will benefit from introduction to 4 international UiPath customers, tech and marketing support and the possibility to have their solution featured in the UiPath Immersion Labs around the world.
“We are thrilled with the quality of the submissions for our first edition of the Automation Awards CEE. The finalists have made solid propositions and have convinced us that their technology and passion for their product have the potential to open up and make an impact on their chosen markets. We look forward to listening to their pitch on stage and seeing them compete for a chance to gain UiPath’s support and mentorship as they seek to scale up further and have a global impact,” said Vargha Moayed, Chief Strategy Officer at UiPath.
The jury of the 2019 Automation Awards CEE includes: Elisabeta Moraru – Chief Executive Officer at Google Romania, Vargha Moayed – Chief Strategy Officer at UiPath, Boris Kumrey – Chief Robotics Officer at UiPath, Andrei Roth, Head of UiPath’s Cluj Campus, Ondrej Bartos – Managing Partner at Credo Ventures, and Stephen Allott – Venture Partner at Seedcamp.