Five startup finalists announced for the second edition of SBC First Pitch Barcelona

September 7, 2023 8:13 PM
  • CDC Gaming Reports
September 7, 2023 8:13 PM
  • CDC Gaming Reports

Five innovative industry start-ups have been selected as finalists for the second edition of SBC First Pitch Barcelona at this month’s SBC Summit Barcelona. The finalists will compete for a prize package valued at more than €60,000, to aid in the growth and development of the winning company.

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The competition, powered by Yolo Investments, will serve as a platform for the five aspiring companies to present their products and business plans to a live audience of industry leaders. The winner will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of venture-capital and investment experts.

The First Pitch Competition will be hosted at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc on Wednesday September 20 and will be featured as part of the Future of Technology conference track.

Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, said, “As event organizers, we believe that SBC First Pitch Barcelona occupies a central role in facilitating innovation in the industry. Competitions like this serve as a platform for emerging talents to showcase their groundbreaking products and services, whilst also gaining invaluable experience presenting in a public space and networking with industry elite.

“SBC First Pitch is essentially about innovation meeting opportunity, ultimately encouraging the industry to grow, welcome new ways of thinking and foster an environment that nurtures innovation and collaboration.”

The five finalists of the SBC First Pitch Barcelona are:

  • We are the Bookie: An online B2C sports betting platform with a 50% monthly gross gaming revenue (GGR) rebate for losing customers.
  • Rdentify: A platform that identifies vulnerable customers during customer conversations in real-time and flags them to the safer-gambling team and triggers customizable interventions as soon as behavioral risk has been flagged.
  • Snap Screen: Leveraging the user’s mobile camera to recognize live events on TV and streaming, Snap Screen is akin to a “Shazam for sports betting,” allowing operators and affiliates to integrate SnapOdds into their websites.
  • SQR Group: Simplifies compliance and reduces fraud by enabling seamless identity verification without storing sensitive documents, using Secure QR Code technology.
  • Sport Exchange Market:  A web app where fans can trade virtual shares of football teams, experiencing the same adrenaline as when they are betting or playing fantasy sports games.

The First Pitch competition will be hosted by Anton Kaszubowski (Managing Director, SBC Advisory Partners) and feature a judging panel of industry experts: Adam Rosenberg (Senior Advisor, Gaming & Leisure, Blackstone), Evert Einroos (Partner, Yolo Investments), Peter Heneghen (Senior Associate, Bettor Capital), Hilary Stewart-Jones (Independent Consultant, Harris Hagan), and Claudia de la Riva (Angel Investor, Various).

The winning start-up will receive a prize package consisting of:

  • A two-day workshop trip to Tallinn with Yolo Investments Founder Tim Heath, including flights, hotel, and covered expenses, valued at €25,000.
  • An SBC Media promotional package, including a magazine ad in SBC Leaders Magazine, two featured editorials promoting the business, and a guest appearance on the iGaming Daily Podcast, valued at €7,000.
  • A prize pack from Receptional, in which a dedicated team will collaborate with the winning company to provide a tailored digital marketing package, valued at €10,000.
  • A Square in the Air press pack that includes a corporate video filmed on-site at the event, two press releases distributed on the Square in the Air social channels, a free social-media audit, competitor analysis, and a strategy guide to help build the company’s profile, valued at £5,000.
  • An exclusive brand or web-design package from Vegas Kings design and development agency, valued at €2,500.
  • A 3x3m booth, including a turnkey standbuild, sponsorship mention, and 4 complimentary tickets for the SBC Summit 2024, valued at €15,000.

In last year’s edition of SBC First Pitch Barcelona, Kero Gaming, an in-game micro-betting and interactive social platform, was crowned the winner.

Paradox, a parimutuel betting protocol where all the commission charged is distributed proportionally to the earlier bettors, was the runner-up.