Beirut, Lebanon: Infiniti, one of the region’s fastest growing premium automotive brands, concluded it’s ‘Infiniti Speed Pitching’ programme in Hong Kong on the 17th of December 2015. Three participants from the Middle East including Stefano from Lebanon competed to win $US40,000 in seed funding for their business.
Held over three days from the 14th – 16th of December at the “Infiniti Lab” in Hong Kong, the three finalists underwent an intensive mentoring and coaching programme with Infiniti, Nest and international industry leaders as well as multiple rehearsals for them to fine tune their pitch. The Hong Kong program culminated with a final day of pitching their business idea to a panel of Infiniti and Nest executives.
Fallound, the application idea by Stefano is a completely hands-free voice-based community platform. It is based on content providing and content consuming, which is created by the users themselves, using their own distinct voices.
Fallound gets you tailored content based on your previous likes, follows and plays, and will automatically generate more content related to what interests you more.
The use case of Fallound is exemplary whenever you lack of visual attention, commitment and convenience, such as driving, working out, running, etc. where you can use the app without touching, looking and scrolling through the phone.
The programme in Hong Kong, closes out what started in the Middle East and called on participants had to be able to present a thorough intelligent and innovative commercial proposition. The start-up idea could have covered any product- or service-related industry, participants had to be based in the GCC (Jordan and Lebanon included), and the business and related activities had to have had a clear focus on the region.
This was then followed by the regional final in Dubai where 30 finalists converged on the Dubai Autodrome. Each candidate was given the opportunity to pitch their idea to a total of 3 judges (individually) in the rear cabin of the Infiniti Q70 as it was chauffeured around the track for a period of seven minutes.
Whilst all ideas presented during the day were great – the stand out proposals were delivered by Stefano Fallaha from Lebanon, Zaina Al Bader from Kuwait and Thea Myhrvold from the UAE.