Teaming up with Fidelity Investments, we embarked on an exhilarating innovation challenge! Picture this: 15 brilliant minds, a mix of entrepreneurs and students, out of a pool of 50 eager applicants, all set to crack the code of connecting startups with the right investors. The challenge? To unravel the intricacies of this matchmaking dance between visionaries and backers. It's no secret that startups yearn to pitch their dreams, while investors hunger for promising ventures. Yet, the magic happens when they align, and that's where the challenge lies.
“I extremely enjoyed the Challenge and it was a great experience for me and my team. Thank you again for being such an amazing organizer."
-Maksym Yemelianenko Participant of the Fidelity Investments Innovation Challenge
Our participants dived headfirst into this dynamic puzzle, unleashing a torrent of ingenious solutions and creative concepts to tackle Fidelity's presented challenge. The result? Three outstanding winners emerged from the fray, each earning a well-deserved certificate of participation. This wasn't just an innovation challenge; it was a rendezvous of minds, paving the way for future collaborations and groundbreaking ideas!
“The Fidelity Innovation Challenge makes us founders think about an innovative solution in a short period of time and present it in an effective way, which helps us solve real-world problems in a large corporation’s context. It helps us become better founders. I really recommend all future events by Elpis Labs. I enjoyed hearing about the exposure that Fidelity has in the VC space, especially the opportunities they identify. The pitch process was meaningful and I felt I learned a lot during those two days."
Nicola YuWinner of the Fidelity Investments Innovation Challenge
Nicola Yu (Xiao Nan Yu) is the winner of the latest Fidelity Innovation Challenge Competition on September 27, 2023. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology and working as an analyst in the finance industry for three years, Nicola founded her first startup company, Plate-X, which is a marketplace for healthy and eco-friendly snacks. She pivoted the startup a few times, and finally built a brand and expanded to several supermarket chains. Pursuing an MBA in the entrepreneurship field at Yale University, she found a passion for understanding what makes people make a purchase and what they value – an insight that led her to work better when running a startup company. After graduating with the MBA, Nicola aims to dive deeper into the startup and venture capital ecosystem and run a startup company to a larger stage.