Kero Gaming, a provider of gaming services, betting and fan engagement for the sports industry, has been awarded the grand prize at the inaugural SBC Summit Barcelona First Pitch Competition.
Tomash Devenishek, CEO & Founder of Kero, commented: «It felt incredible to pitch to a room full of key industry executives and win. Our company is a micro betting white-label provider, which is a key growth sector in the industry, so being able to get in front of this room was key.»
Six startups – Kero, Network Gaming, OSAI, Paradox, POW Gaming and XRBET – competed for the prestigious prize pool of the Startup Competition hosted by Yolo Investments and sponsored by 7scale.
The competition also recognized the runner-up startups of the jury: Paradox, the peer-to-peer staking protocol used by DeFi, came in second and received a prize.
Zachary Panos, Co-founder of Paradox commented on his SBC First Pitch impressions: «It was such an incredible experience to be included in the competition and meet founders of such promising companies. Getting to meet the founders in person made the award mean more to me because I got to know not only the quality of entrepreneurs but the quality of people that were pitching.»
The winners and runners-up were selected by an independent panel of judges made up of industry professionals with experience in venture capital investment. The group included Pontus Sjögren (Commercial Director and Partner of Yolo Investments), Jake Stagno Navarra (COO of Red Rhino), Tom Waterhouse (CFO of Waterhouse VC) and Alex Chalmers (Managing Partner of Stadia Ventures).
Pontus Sjögren, Commercial Director and Partner at Yolo Investments, said: «The inaugural SBC First Pitch Barcelona was a huge success and we’re happy that we were able to be a part of the journey. All six finalists that got the chance to pitch their start-ups on the big stage did an amazing job, and it was definitely a great experience for them to have.»
Jake Stagno Navarra, COO of Red Rhino, added:«It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the SBC first pitch panel which brought together six of the most promising start-ups in the industry as they were given the platform to showcase their products and businesses. I look forward to seeing the winner, Kero Gaming, undoubtedly grow into a renowned company within the iGaming sector.»
The prize package (more than 50,000 euros) includes a trip to Tallinn for two-day Yolo Investments seminars, air tickets, hotel and other expenses. The SBC media promotional package (worth €11,500) includes: six months of advertising on SBC News or CasinoBeats, including a news ad and two front page business promotion articles.
The SBC Summit Barcelona First Pitch Contest was held on Thursday 22 September as part of the conference program for the Emerging Tech, Blockchain and Metaverse sectors.
The SBC First Pitch will again take place at the SBC Summit Barcelona next year. The organizers of the event plan to make the competition one of the flagship events of SBC.
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