University of Oulu’s lecture hall L2 was full of curious and eager murmur, when Oulu’s newest entrepreneurs from the Avanto Accelerator program presented their businesses for the very first time in public on Thursday 11th of May. The demoday began with an interesting and inspiring keynote from Iain Jawad from Frost & Sullivan, wellknown worldwide. After the keynote the Avanto teams took over the stage to give their business idea pitches. They had extra pressure because the event was livestreamed on University of Oulu’s Facebook page – so if you missed the Demoday, you can still go and check the livestream from Facebook!

After numerous difficult decisions, tight discussions, many cups of coffee, cinnamon buns, croissants and cookies it was time to announce the winners. Tension was tangible.

Cameras were ready in position when winner of the best pitch Niina Sormunen from Loominating Designs stepped on the stage to receive her prize. The demoday culminated announcing the winner of Avanto Accelerator spring 2017 batch who was Markus Liimatainen from Eväskala – amazing work! All the thirteen teams we had on board did great job and we hope they will continue to develop their businesses.

We want to thank our prestigious demoday jury: Karita Kasurinen, Visa Viren, Sami Heikkilä, Steven Balliano ja Karri-Pekka Korolainen. Thank you University Of Oulu and Atte Räinä for marketing our event. And thank you all the mentors we had on board – you’re a treasure!