Kpish wins inaugural Fashion & Luxe TechPitch 4.5
Kpish, a tool that makes selling pre-owned clothes online hassle free, won both the audience and judges’ vote at the inaugural Fashion & Luxe TechPitch 4.5 on 17 May 2016.
“Selling online is hard,” said Kpish co-founder Claire Berdugo. “Our platform automatically saves details of your past online purchases, creating a digital wardrobe, so when you come to re-sell it takes 15 seconds to get them online, as opposed to the current 15 minutes it takes to put items up for sale on eBay.”
Banneya, a luxury-tech start-up that aims to revolutionise fine jewellery with 3D printing for precious metals by operating a curated B2B2C marketplace platform that enables fine jewellery designers and brands to offer bespoke pieces using virtual inventory and on-demand production came in second in the judges’ vote.
“We are the retailer of the future,” said co-founder and creative director, Misa Zahar, with a background as Head of Merchandising at Dunhill. “Customers want something unique and personalised that no-one else has.”
Intaglow, a creative agency that designs holographic window displays in which customers can browse multiple products, came third with the judges. With the audience, second place was awarded to Mile5, a mobile-only platform for luxury sportswear causing a lot of discussion amongst the judges about the market for athleisure.
Exclusiph, an image management and distribution platform that allows distributing an image to all channels with just one file upload, came a very close fourth after Intaglow.
Other pitching companies included:
SleepDeep – a performance sleepwear brand and specialist sleep e-commerce platform;
Wishopoly – a curated social marketplace for fashion jewellery and beautiful accessories.
As winner, Claire Berdugo received a bottle of Bollinger champagne and a year’s subscription to both TechMutiny and Mediatainment Finance, published by our event sponsor MediaTainment Finance. Juliana Koranteng, founder and publisher, was enormously impressed by the event and judging panel. “Tonight’s judges were some of the most animated and passionate [I’ve] ever [seen] about the pitches,” she said. “They were asking loads of great questions and giving some very valuable advice and feedback.”
“An elevated pitch”
The judging panel was chaired by Adam Glass of Lewis Silkin, who praised the start-ups for their pitches. “Three minutes is tough and you all did a great job doing an elevated pitch,” he said.
Prior to the pitches, Glass asked members of the judging panel what they looked for in a successful start-up in the fashion and luxury industries.“There’s a huge amount of innovation coming out of retail and I want people who understand the paradigm shift,” said Susie Stanford, Investment Manager of LTG. “People who are being proactive about the way they’re speaking to customers, brands, retail platforms, and who are looking forward rather than building on top of a patched system.”
Maria Hvorostovsky, founder of HVO Search, said she was “passionate about start-ups – anyone who is innovating with confidence and clear idea of what you’re looking to do. Also timing – why it’s good for here and now, with a clear passion and vision for how you’re going to execute.”
Anton Schubert, head of design for Futurice, wants “the ideas where you think: why didn’t I think of that?”
– Amalia Agathou, Innovations Manager for 18, part of Havas
– Maria Hvorostovsky, Founder of HVO Search
– Henrik Ottosson, International Advisor, Invesdor
– Anton Schubert, Head of Design, Futurice
– Susie Stanford, Investment Manager, LTG
– David Zokhrabyan, Senior Product Manager, Asos
2Pears – inform, educate and connect
Conceived, organised and executed by 2Pears – the team creating opportunities and events to inform, educate and connect entrepreneurs and startups in music, media and technology – Fashion & Luxe TechPitch 4.5 was held in the offices of Runway East in London. Our event partners were Invesdor, MediaTainment Finance, TechMutiny and UKTI.
For more about the TechPitch 4.5 series – including how to apply to pitch and to buy tickets – please visit our website.