16 December 2013

The project RealtimeBoard represented Russia at the International Final of Creative Business Cup at Copenhagen

The project RealtimeBoard represented Russia at the International Final of Creative Business Cup at Copenhagen

18-21 November 2013 in Copenhagen the International Final of Creative Business Cup took place as a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Russia was represented by Andrew Khusid with the project RealtimeBoard (Perm).

18-21 November 2013 in Copenhagen the International Final of Creative Business Cup took place as a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Russia was represented by Andrew Khusid with the project RealtimeBoard (Perm).

36 countries and more than 450 guests from around the world took part the international final of the competition.

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Creative Business Cup is an international contest for creative entrepreneurs, which annually attracts participants from over 40 countries. Creative Business Cup now opens new opportunities for professional communication and access to international markets for Russian entrepreneurs.

Owing to "Creative Industries" Agency, the operator of the contest in Russia, for the first time in 3-year history of Creative Business Cup Russian creative entrepreneurs have a chance to present themselves and their business at a global event.

Entrepreneurs in the fields of advertising, architecture, performing arts, fashion, filmmaking, multimedia, crafts, literature and publishing from 15 regions of the country took part in Russian stage of the competition. The Russian final of Creative Business Cup took place on September 14, 2013 in Moscow, where the authors of 5 best business concepts presented their business ideas to the expert jury.

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The winner of the Russian stage of the competition became Andrew Khusid with the project RealtimeBoard.com - collaboration online-board. «The idea was born, in large, from our own needs, - says the founder of the creative agency «Vitamin Group» Andrew Khusid - we had a lot of design projects, which require discussion, both among ourselves and with customers. At that time (2011) there was no suitable online tool at the market, so we decided to create such a product ourselves. I discussed the idea with my colleagues, we gathered a group of programmers from the development department of Vitamin Group, and started to make a prototype. In 2012 the project started in public, and now RealtimeBoard is used by tens of thousands of people around the world. Now one of our top priorities is strengthening of our position in the global market».

18 - 21 November 2013 in Copenhagen (Denmark) as a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week the International Final of the contest took place. The Contest and its Final were organized by the Ministry of Business and Development of Denmark and Center for Cultural and Experience Economy (CKO).

The Finals’ jury consisted of international experts in the field of creative industries, including Torsten Kolinda, co-founder of YouNoodle, Inc, USA, an electronic network where entrepreneurs can interact with like-minded people around the world; Zhongming Wang, a professor and the director of the Global Research center for Entrepreneurship in China; Helga Valfell, the managing director of Venture Fund NSA, Iceland and others. The event was also attended by honored guests: at the award ceremony His Royal Highness Prince Danish Joachim and David Parrish, trainer, consultant, the author of «T-shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity» addressed the participants of the competition with an inspiring speech.

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Intense program of the Final allowed participants and guests of Creative Business Cup to build professional partnerships and communicate with experts in the field of creative industries. The first day was the day of the Finals acquaintance with participants, organizers and the jury. On the second day the participants held the first presentations of their projects to experts and jury members. The third day was the most intense, important and really exciting for the participants as the semi-finalists, the finalists and eventually Creative Business Cup winners 2013 were announced.

The Final consisted of several rounds of selection: at the first stage all national winners presented their creative businesses to the jury. By decision of the experts representatives of 16 countries were included in the semi-final (short list). Among them also was Russian project RealtimeBoard.com. Then the participants of the shortlist held open presentations of the business concepts, after which the finalists were announced. Among the five finalists were participants from Germany, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, and Saudi Arabia. As a result, prizes were distributed as follows:

  • 1st place was taken by the participants from Croatia with the project Teddy the Guardian. Teddy the Guardian is a plushed toy with embedded sensors that measure child’s heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and body temperature, and send the data using wireless technologies to parents’ smartphone.
  • 2nd place took the team from Germany with the project Kinematics, a set of kinetic modules for designing wireless interactive robots for children from the age of 6 years. Exploring and playing with the Kinematic blocks introduces children to the world of mechanics, sensors and renewable energy.  

Special prizes were given to the participants from Croatia (the projectTeddy the guardian), Bulgaria (the project Embrioo), Austria (the project Kairos), and the Philippines (the project Healthy Belly).

In Copenhagen "Creative Industries" Agency signed a letter of intention to continue cooperation within the Creative Business Cup in 2014, and to become the operator of the contest in Russia for the second time.