Photographer:Fotograaf: Joey Roberts
MAASTRICHT. Nine months until you can hold your baby in your arms – for some parents the wait is unbearable. Enter Peekaboo, a startup that aims to convert ultrasound scans into virtual reality so soon-to-be parents can have a 360 degree look at their baby and even ‘hold’ it. Yesterday, they won the Local Hero Award and received 10,000 euros in seed capital.
It was the fourth year running for the Local Hero Award, an initiative by the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in cooperation with the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship. The aim is to encourage UM students to become more entrepreneurial. The six finalists pitched their ideas in front of a jury and an audience at the Turnzaal at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Three of them, selected by said jury and audience, got the chance to defend their idea in a question-and-answer session.
Besides Peekaboo, the last startups standing were Furnit and Foods App. Furnit’s plan is to lease furniture to students who are only in Maastricht for a short time. Few furnished rooms are available for rent, and buying furniture, moving it into your room and then getting rid of it when you leave is quite a hassle. Furnit takes care of all that for a small fee. Foods App is an app that allows people to share meals; users can pick up a meal cooked by someone in their neighbourhood, stay and eat, or even cook together with their host.
Other contestants included aGreenstory, an online shop that offers sustainable office supplies; Sigurd, a small electronic device containing your ID, family phone numbers and medical history in case of emergency; and Social LGBT, a social network platform for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.