Coffee printing company and bags made from discarded parachutes win Startup Go Grill
This year’s Startup Go Grill awards for the best startups went to a coffee printing project, designer dollhouses, and durable bags made from discarded parachutes. An expert panel chose the winners based on public presentations of beginning enterprisers at a startup festival organised by the Innovation Centre of the Usti Region on October 23.
Startup Go Grill is the closing event of the enterprise incubator of the Innovation Centre of the Usti Region (ICUK), during which startups pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, potential investors, and the public. The winner in the category of enterprisers who completed the incubator was Martin Řežábek and his company Cafeface, who received a voucher worth 20,000 CZK redeemable for the specialist services of the ICUK. Cafeface prints photographs, logos, and images on coffee within a matter of seconds, which it primarily offers as a catering service for added value at company events.
‘It’s a wonderful project. Granted, they’re not the originators of the technology, but they have found their customer,’ says panel member Jana Nedrdová of the Ústí Region, which sponsored the event.
The runner-up in the same category was a company called Luckydes, a business project started by a pair of architecture students, Jiří Philipp Janda and Petra Jirásková, that specialises in custom manufacturing of designer dollhouses and pet houses.
The Česká spořitelna award in the open category, which comprised projects that did not participate in the ICUK’s enterprise incubator, went to Saaczech. The company’s founders, Lukáš Cafourek and Jakub Sapák, have built their business on recycling and renewability. They use parachutes discarded by the Czech Armed Forces to produce an alternative to single-use plastic bags.
‘We liked the idea because of the ecological and societal advantages it offers. In addition to that, the gentlemen from Saaczech had it all figured out down to the last detail,’ says Jana Měchurová of Česká spořitelna in explaining the panel’s decision.
This year, Startup Go Grill was the culmination of the Festup startup festival, which took place throughout the day at the Faculty of Education of J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. The several hundred visitors to Festup had the opportunity to view the interactive exhibits of three dozen Czech and foreign startups, listen to short talks on the successes and failures of companies, take advantage of the unconventional speed dating format to find a temp job, and learn some idea generating techniques.