How might we make our shortlisted concepts more tangible through prototyping?
During the Web Start-up Challenge Concepting phase, our spirited community designed 163 concepts to support web entrepreneurs and their new start-ups. From networking tools that connect entrepreneurs together, to funding and legislation plans that make capital and resources more accessible for new ventures, you wowed us with your smart and entrepreneurial thinking.
Throughout it all, OpenIDEO, the European Commission and our challenge's Advisory Panel have kept a close eye on your efforts: reading through every idea, reviewing your helpful applause and collaborative comments, and most recently choosing the ideas we feel have the most potential to support and grow the start-up scene in Europe. Given the strength of your collective concepts, selecting our shortlist was even tougher than we expected! Thankfully we had some terrific help from the European Commission and our Advisory Panel, including:
Now the collaboration continues with our two-week Refinement phase, where we'll focus our efforts on iterating, editing and prototyping our Top 20 shortlisted concepts. If your concept made it into the shortlist, get ready to fine-tune your submission, add virtual team members, create new visuals, or even experiment with an early prototype of your idea out in the real world. And if your idea hasn't moved on – there will still be plenty of chances for you to join conversations, suggest new builds or designs, or join in on prototyping.
No matter how you contribute to our efforts for the Refinement phase, something we're especially eager for everyone to consider is minimum viable product. This means focusing on the core yet functional aspects of each idea, rather than all the imaginable features – as a way to get it out into the market quickly and efficiently. Bells and whistles can always come later, but what are the most important pieces we'd need to put in place before launching? We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
Before we jump in, we also wanted to take a moment to recognise our Honorable Mentions for this challenge:
InnovationSpace by Stefan Ritter
The Founder's Roadmap by Ashley Jablow
ToolBelt: Everything you need, always at hand by Andreanna
Virtual Economy for Vapor Startups by Jyotirmaya Mahapatra
So with that, let's head over to Refinement to congratulate our shortlisted ideators and continue collaborating to bring these early concepts even closer to impact.