The Romanian fishing application Fishpointer was qualified with nine other companies in the Blastoff finals, a prestigious competition for the best startups in Central and Eastern Europe, held for the third time at Brain Bar Budapest.
The winner of Blastoff gets a EUR 150,000 investment offer from Power Angels, the A-Team of the regional angel investor scene, and takes part in a six-months accelerator program provided by OXO Labs. In addition, the competitors may receive special awards such as Google Launchpad support, communication coaching support from Impact Works, and a six-months creative consultancy from Blastoff.
The other novelty of this year is that the media gurus of ENGINY – the new division of FLOW PR, specialized in marketing, PR and social media management of startups – help the special awarded to step on the path of worldwide fame.
The stage will take place on June 3.
Fishpointer has made Romania’s map for passionate fishermen and is now looking to expand internationally. The global market for recreational fishing products and services exceeds EUR 75 billion.
According to Fishpointer, there are over 150 million fishing enthusiasts with Internet access around the world, and they spend an average of at least EUR 500 per year on trips, tools, gears, boats, baits and licenses.
“We have validated the solution by which we built the most dynamic social-interactive map of fishing in Romania. We still have a lot of work to do to meet our main goal: the world map for recreational fishing. The next step is to scale the international project, and the first countries are USA, Canada, UK and Australia. We need EUR 400,000 in the next round and the Blastoff competition can bring us some of the amount,” George Dragne, Fishpointer co-founder.
Fishpointer mob app uses dynamic maps and socialization tools to help fishers in smart monitoring the catches and places of interest. The solution is available in the Web, Google Play and App Store.