The Select Weekend Talent achieves a great success of participation and mobilizes the entrepreneurial initiative

Last weekend, from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 November, the Select Talent Weekend was held, an entrepreneurial talent selection event organized by Neàpolis and Tandenn, attended by 20 people, previously selected from 56 candidates. It was three intensive days of creativity, learning, collaboration, innovation and involvement to solve health and wellness challenges.

Three days of intensive work to bring out the talent

The Select Weekend Talent (SWT) began on Friday with the presentation of health and wellness challenges, framed in a caring city story. These challenges were obtained from a participatory process carried out within the framework of the Living lab of health and well-being in Neàpolis, and which had the participation of more than 30 people in the field of health and social action. . The challenges ranged from the use of the talent of the elderly, to the optimization of public spaces to promote comprehensive health or the promotion of sustainable mobility, through the improvement of communication between health personnel and users. Based on the preferences of the participants, four teams were organized, each of which had to respond to one of the announced challenges.

On Saturday, with the teams already set up and focused on defining a value proposition to find a viable solution, several training capsules were held on value proposition generation, minimum viable product creation (MVP) and prototyping. As the participants received the training capsules, their projects evolved with the accompaniment and support of two mentors per team.

Sunday morning was used for each team to prepare a presentation of their proposal (Pitch deck). At the same time, the Tandenn team, with the support of Neàpolis, conducted a 360 interview with all participants to get to know them better, and assess the evolution of each team.

Business projects with social impact

The competition will be held on Sunday afternoon to assess the best proposed solution to the challenge. A jury made up of representatives of the main institutions of the Penedès Garraf entrepreneurial ecosystem assessed the presentation of the pitch decks developed by each team during the weekend.

The four proposals presented by the teams were VirtualSalut (a health kit with app, smartwatch, smart TV program) to facilitate communication between users and medical staff); Pequeño Saltamontes (an app to connect people who want to know the city in a different way with older people who know the city); Muuving (a platform that encourages the use of public transport by facilitating the purchase of tickets and providing information of interest); and Salutfy (an app for social welfare activities in public spaces). Finally, the winning proposal was Pequeño Saltamontes. The winners received a prize pool of entrepreneurship books and participation in the training bootcamp.

The pitch deck competition was broadcast live on Tandenn’s youtube channel and had over 200 viewers.

Definitive consolidation of viable startups

Based on the dynamics and interactions carried out over the weekend, the team from Tandenn and Neàpolis will start the process of final selection of people who will definitely set up two teams to create two viable startups.

The selected people will be the co-founders of their own startup, will have access to the acceleration bootcamp and mentoring of Tandenn Garraf-Penedès, will be integrated into the Living Lab Health and Wellness initiative of Neàpolis and will receive funding from the PECT Garraf of Active and Healthy Aging.

Tandenn-Neàpolis, a collaboration to promote entrepreneurship in the framework of the Living Lab of Health and Wellness

Neàpolis has established a collaboration with Tandenn , the non-profit association of Entrepreneurs and Innovators of the Penedès Garraf. As a community focused on the County Startup ecosystem, it wants to recognize, support and collaborate with all those entrepreneurs who have a passion for innovation and Startups. Tandenn will accompany to grow the selected business projects through a team of top-level mentors and experts.

In order to introduce social technology in the field of health and well-being, from Neàpolis we have created the Living Lab of Health and Wellness , a space where various types of agents involved are found and proposed shared solutions: academic community , private company, citizenship and associative fabric and public administration. As Neàpolis we will ensure that business projects have a positive impact on society and are validated by users.

The project is part of the Garraf Territorial Specialization and Competitiveness Project (PECT), on active and healthy aging and dependency, coordinated by the Garraf County Council , and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund FEDER Catalonia 2014-2020. In addition to the Living Lab in Neàpolis, the PECT Garraf deploys a series of projects through various organizations: theInstitute of Robotics for Addiction ; the Ave Maria Foundation of Sitges ; thePolytechnic School of Engineering of Vilanova i la Geltrú EPSEVG – UPC and the Alt Penedès-Garraf Health Consortium .