Smart Retro Acceleration Program has proudly reached its home stretch: after 2 great innovation camps, 20+ media hits and 11 startups doing testing in urban environments, 2 smartups will try their wings and represent Smart Retro in Ecosummit, London! This is why Smart Retro project partners voted PiggyBaggy and Fourdeg to Ecosummit, the Europe’s leading smart green innovation conference.
What is Smart Retro Acceleration Program?
A special acceleration program tailored for sustainable and smart service startups which create solutions for urban contexts. Startups from Finland, Sweden and UK teamed up with large organisations from the fields of construction, retail, energy and public sector. The aim of the program was to test with end-users, learn fast and thus co-create commercially viable, potentially scalable urban services and products. Smart Retro is coordinated by Demos Helsinki, a Nordic think tank.
Smartup #1 PiggyBaggy
PiggyBaggy’s smart container was located in Lahti during spring 2015.
PiggyBaggy excelled in active testing and fast learning. This hard-working and imaginative smartup tested three different service prototypes:
a) Crowdsourcing of grocery shopping deliveries with local K-Citymarket in Lahti. During this 2-month pilot, 43% of Citymarket’s online sales were brought home by PiggyBaggy’s peer to peer delivery system. Over 100 enthusiastic citizens registered as delivery people in Lahti.
b) Delivery service for senior citizens. A pilot with K-Citymarket and Lahti City offered senior citizens a possibility to order their grocery shoppings home via telephone. “After finishing this pilot, we got several phone calls from senior citizens. They were missing the service”, told the CEO of PiggyBaggy, Harri Paloheimo.
c) Smart container in partnership with City of Lahti, Finnish Transport Agency and local entrepreneurs. Ever thought of buying vegetables from marketplace after the market is closed? PiggyBaggy brought a smart container to Lahti’s centre to make this possible. The container operated as a pick-up point for grocery deliveries and also tested citizens’ willingness to use a peer-to-peer rental services.
Smartup #2 Fourdeg
Fourdeg won Arctic15 pitch competition 2015.
Fourdeg is aiming to help buildings and their tenants to manage their heating expenses and improve the quality of air. The data is easily accessible from a smartphone. Fourdeg has piloted their smart heating solution with more than promising results: in a recent pilot, it managed to save 28% from heating costs.
In the voting process Fourdeg were praised from being a “very promising business case”, and also having the most focused target. Fourdeg’s next steps include collaboration and further negotiations with real-estate owners.
Yet PiggyBaggy and Fourdeg collected more votes than other startups, many of the Smart Retro Acceleration Program’s smartups were considered promising by the project partners. Smart Retro consortium congratulates all of the 15 smartups from working hard & developing so fast!
Read more about Smart Retro Project: http://smartretro.demoshelsinki.fi/
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