Bright Energy, Anamatch, Lopos and Ad Astra win Expedition DO!

(11-10-2019) Bright Energy, Anamatch, Lopos and Ad Astra, the four winning teams of the Expedition DO! Final Destination Pitch Night, all get to join the world's leading startup and tech event.

After 7 months of hard work Expedition DO! is reaching its final destination. During the closing night the 7 finalists of Expedition DO! presented their ideas in a live pitch show. They competed for the ultimate treasure: 4 team tickets to Slush (Helsinki, Finland), one of the biggest startup conferences in the world with over 20.000 startup’ers and investors!

We are proud to announce that the four winning teams all have team members (students, researchers or professors) coming from our Faculty of Engineering and Architecture!

Winners Expedition DO!

The winning teams

Bright Energy

Last year, the three siblings Arne, Lisse and Sam, joined innovative forces in the first Ghent University Legal Techathon (in which technical solutions for legal problems are created). This led them to a shared victory with another Expedition DO! team. Being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and wanting to contribute to a bright future with green energy, they now team up again in ‘Bright Energy’. Their goal is to accelerate the transition from diesel-fueled generators to green energy sources in the world of events and festivals. Engineering student, Arne Van Acker brings technical knowledge, while Sam and Lisse add the economic and legal ingredients to the cocktail. An excellent match to start a family business!

Bright Energy

Lopos

Livestock farms are becoming more connected than ever. Insights in the behavior of cows, horses and other animals are crucial to increase efficiency and guarantee the animals health by proactively detecting changes in behavior. Researchers Jan Bauwens and Jen Rossey, together with professor Eli De Poorter form team Lopos. They are offering a complete sensor solution to track this animal behavior.

Accurate position data and on-animal sensors are used to profile the behavior of each animal. When a change in behavior (think disease, pregnancy for exemple) is detected, the veterinarian is automatically alerted and can take the necessary actions. By using Lopos, farmers can be confident that their animals are monitored using state-of-the art technology!

Lopos

Anamatch

Can a match by chance lead to a successful business idea? In the case of Anamatch, it did! Viktor accidently met Christophe Beke one day before taking part in the # Delen Hack days. Being short of a team member for the hacketon, Christophe seized the opportunity and joined. Their united forces led them straight to victory. And so they decided to continue the project, looking for a third partner in crime: Arno Hernou. Anamatch was born.

Full speed ahead, they are working on a tool to match the right business people, a webapplication for improving your client relationships & the Customer Lifetime Value.

Anamatch

Ad Astra Industries

Ready for accountancy to take up a minimal amount of time in your business? Ad Astra Industries is on it! The two brains behind AAI, Mathias and Toto De Brant, started the expedition with their own business ideas. As soon as the 1st Expedition DO! bootcamp finished, it became clear that they were on the same page and joining forces seemed obvious. Now, 7 months later they proudly present their first product *Asterix, possibly the biggest digital innovation in the world of accountancy.

Ad Astra Industries

About Expedition DO!

A 7-month program consisting of monthly individual coaching sessions, 2 jam-packed bootcamps on location, expert mentoring and workshops on topics such as pitching, finance, IP, design thinking and so much more.

Each year 16 teams are selected to start the expedition in March. On Expedition DO! Final Destination Pitch Night in October, 4 teams will be chosen from the remaining finalists. They win tickets to Slush, one of the biggest startup conferences in the world where they get to connect with investors or fellow (25.000) start-ups and return home with loads of inspiration.

About DO!

DO!, the center for entrepreneurship at Ghent University, yearly launches Expedition DO!, a 7-month pre-acceleration program for entrepreneurial talent and successor to Do Goes USA. The mission is to support and stimulate every Ghent University student and researcher to pursue their wildest business ideas.

With Expedition DO!, Ghent University aims to create a unique pre-accelerator program in which students and researchers are able to develop critical entrepreneurial skills to start, build and grow their business ideas into thriving ventures. Thanks to the help of an extensive network of experts and existing accelerator programs in the industry your business idea will be propelled to the next level.