SIGMA PITCH 2018

WHERE IGAMING STARTUPS AND INVESTORS MEET


Sigma pitch 2018

Highlights


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Following a very successful first run last year, the SiGMA Pitch is back with an unprecedented 100 startups, all of which will have a small booth at SiGMA but only the top ten picks by the investors below made it to the Pitch on Friday 30th. Here’s what they’ve got:


BOOTH

BOOTH

A free 1m booth at SiGMA18,
including cost of printing
and furniture.

OFFICE

OFFICE

Free office space in Gaming Hub and
Microsoft Innovation Centre, Malta, to
use for meetings, relocation of offices.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

Invitation to premium networking
events during SiGMA.

PRESENTATION

PRESENTATION

Startup Pitch presentation for ten
finalists – meet the investors on stage

PR

PR

SiGMA PR – magazines, website,
email newsletters, interviews.

CONSULTANCY

CONSULTANCY

Free consultancy and potential leads
from leading industry veterans.



Meet the Investors


Morten Klein
Founder & Chairman of the Board

Morten Klein is a Member of the Board at Cherry AB and the Founder & Chairman of the Board at Klein Group AS. He’s a successful entrepreneur and investor with an extensive expertise in online gambling industry. In 2012, Morten was acknowledged as one of the 50 most significant people in the world within the Gambling Industry by Gambling Intelligence.

About Kleing Group AS:

Klein Group consists of a group of companies with different investments within the igaming industry, e-commerce, real estate and venture companies. Klein Group is fully controlled by Morten Klein. The 20% ownership of the publicly listed Swedish gambling company Cherry AB, is the main investment of the Group and stands for the continuation of the business corporation called NorgesAutomaten established by Morten Klein in 2006, together with Betsson AB and sold to Cherry AB in 2010.

Carla Maree Vella
Entrepreneur

Carla is entrepreneurial and innovative but her key strength is her ‘make it happen’ approach to business.

She is passionate about user experience, digital marketing, technology, data, operational efficiency and CRO. She jumps at any opportunity to improve and enhance online experiences be it customer facing or operational.

Areas of interest: iGaming, Ecomm, Affiliation, Fintech, Esports & Blockchain

 

Simon Collins
Founder

Simon Collins is the Founder of Gaming Realms – a novel new bingo based consumer proposition targeting smartphone and tablet devices. Simon is also the Founder of Cashcade Ltd an online bingo focused gaming business. Sold for £96 million in July 2009. In the year leading up to the acquisition, Cashcade generated net revenue of £44.9 million, nearly double the year before, and EBITDA of £12.2 million. Since the sale Bwin.Party have reported earnings in 2012 from bingo of Euro 18.8M and Revenue of Euro 64.3M. FoxyBingo is considered to be one of the best bingo assets in the UK.

About Gaming Realms:

Gaming Realms develops, publishes and licenses next-generation mobile gaming content. Our market-leading mobile technology powers content distribution and monetization across real money and social gaming markets. It is one of the fastest growing gaming companies, with more than 60% year-on-year revenue growth in 2016.

Robin Reed
Founder

Startup romantic, and entrepreneur at heart.  Robin started with two empty hands in his early twenties. Founded Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) together with Frode Fagerli in 2008. These days, GIG is investing into startups and people within the iGaming industry. The mission is to create and obtain the most valuable knowledge in iGaming.

About Gaming Innovation Group:

Gaming Innovation Group is a rapidly growing technology business. The Group offers cutting-edge Cloud based services and Performance Marketing through its 3 B2B products. Owns 7 B2C gambling products, offering games from the best-of-breed suppliers across the online sports betting and casino industry.

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Ory Weihs
CEO

Ory Weihs is one of the founders and the CEO of XLMedia Group. He’s responsible for business development and strategy, focusing on expanding the groups reach and technological abilities. Ory is an industry expert, who has been heavily involved in iGaming and digital advertising for over 10 years.

About XLMedia:

XLMedia is a leading provider of digital marketing services. The company uses proprietary tools and methodologies to generate high value traffic. XLMedia operates across a number of verticals with specific expertise in the iGaming industry. The Group partners with over 150 online gaming operators in more than 20 countries.



Meet the Startups for 2018

Affchain is the world's first p2p affiliate marketplace where businesses and affiliates meet directly. Their relations are secured by smart contracts with the issue of trust notwithstanding.

Affchain is the world’s first p2p affiliate marketplace where businesses and affiliates meet directly. Their relations are secured by smart contracts with the issue of trust notwithstanding.

BeatMe is a mobile eSport app that allows players to legally reward each other with money for their victory after a 1v1 or a multiplayer match on their console, phone...

BeatMe is a mobile eSport app that allows players to legally reward each other with money for their victory after a 1v1 or a multiplayer match on their console, phone or laptop., and also give them the possibility to win gifts from brands by being fairplay.

BotGaming is a blockchain powered gambling platform for messenger bots. BotGaming has been built using open source PNRG to make interactions inside the game session transparent and verifiable. BotGaming uses...

BotGaming is a blockchain powered gambling platform for messenger bots. BotGaming has been built using open source PNRG to make interactions inside the game session transparent and verifiable. BotGaming uses blockchain protocol at the game’s session level.

ConversionBet create smart journeys that convert pre-registration visitors into depositing players.Your CRM team focus on retaining existing users, but our key aims are to capture pre-registration visitors that display exit...

ConversionBet create smart journeys that convert pre-registration visitors into depositing players.Your CRM team focus on retaining existing users, but our key aims are to capture pre-registration visitors that display exit intent behaviours and increase the frequency of FTDs. Maximise your conversions by understanding and translating your visitors’ behaviour into personalised acquisition journeys.

Esports.com aims to become the biggest content community platform worldwide and lift eSports coverage to the next level, on par with sports tv coverage. The site will offer coaching services...

Esports.com aims to become the biggest content community platform worldwide and lift eSports coverage to the next level, on par with sports tv coverage. The site will offer coaching services from pro players, charity tournaments with celebrities, world class stats – and a crypto-based virtual currency ERT (eSports Reward Tokens) that can be used for all kinds of transactions on the site.

f50f is going to make the live of returning players financially healthier, to maintain connect them to the social f50f game for the longest term.  

f50f is going to make the live of returning players financially healthier, to maintain connect them to the social f50f game for the longest term.

 

FanLeague is a social betting app based on English football. You play by predicting at least one outcome for all 13 pre defined matches in a Game Week during the...

FanLeague is a social betting app based on English football. You play by predicting at least one outcome for all 13 pre defined matches in a Game Week during the football season to compete for weekly and seasonal prize pots.

Karmafy is a technology startup based in Malta for the past two years. Situated in Sliema, the company is a small team of very experienced video game developers bringing philanthropy...

Karmafy is a technology startup based in Malta for the past two years. Situated in Sliema, the company is a small team of very experienced video game developers bringing philanthropy and the world of mobile games together.

By providing the technical and operational environment as well as a fully compliant legal framework and by being at the heart of two of the fastest growing industries – eCommerce...

By providing the technical and operational environment as well as a fully compliant legal framework and by being at the heart of two of the fastest growing industries – eCommerce and eGambling – Puurl defines an untapped market segment: Licensed Entertainment Shopping.

PVP is the first Esports betting exchange, which over the past months has grown into a multi-faceted gaming platform. The website combines a betting exchange with a wide variety of...

PVP is the first Esports betting exchange, which over the past months has grown into a multi-faceted gaming platform. The website combines a betting exchange with a wide variety of matches and traditional casino style products like roulette and dice, as well as innovative stream betting interface, where bettors engage with influencers directly. With its abundance of deposit methods and in-game item shop, PVP has tools to engage and monetize every type of audience.

Quintessence is a SaaS solution to predict players' behavior with 80%+ accuracy based on machine learning algorithms. We help our clients to prevent customers' churn, increase LTV and maximize marketing...

Quintessence is a SaaS solution to predict players’ behavior with 80%+ accuracy based on machine learning algorithms. We help our clients to prevent customers’ churn, increase LTV and maximize marketing ROI.

Snapscreen offers the future of betting with 1 second to live odds. Add Snapscreen to your apps or websites, take a snap and in a flash the Snapscreen magic recognizes...

Snapscreen offers the future of betting with 1 second to live odds. Add Snapscreen to your apps or websites, take a snap and in a flash the Snapscreen magic recognizes the game and takes you to the latest odds. Snapscreen supports chatbots to make sure Millennials can be efficiently targeted and growth sustained in sports betting and affiliate.

Meet the Past Winners 2017 - 2016

2018 Winner
2017 Winner

PVP is the first Esports betting exchange, which over the past months has grown into a multi-faceted gaming platform. The website combines a betting exchange with a wide variety of matches and traditional casino style products like roulette and dice, as well as innovative stream betting interface, where bettors engage with influencers directly. With its abundance of deposit methods and in-game item shop, PVP has tools to engage and monetize every type of audience.

2016 Winner

Betters’ Rift is an eSports-focused, free-to-play betting website, which aims at becoming the European leader on this market. They believe that eSports isn’t just a new category of sport. It is a dynamic and fresh way to experience competitive entertainment and needs a new approach when it comes to betting.

To that end, Betters’ Rift chose to create a free-to-play online betting platform, infused with tried-and-tested video games mechanics. Their business model rests on incentivized advertising, selling virtual good and providing B2B services focused on eSports. They are now ready to provide operators with white-label eSports betting platforms.



Moderators:

Eric Benz
Managing Director, Cryptopay

Eric Benz, Managing Director at Cryptopay, has been involved in the ‘payments technology sector’ for the best part of a decade and has delivered retail payment solutions for the world’s largest merchant brands transforming the way in which they sell and ship to their worldwide customers. Eric continues to lead innovative Pay-Tech solutions for the rapidly emerging digital currency and mobile wallet markets. His specialties lye in providing and integrating a wide range of merchant services in combination with accelerating brand and product development. Being at the forefront of mobile and alternative payments, Eric Benz prides himself for being constantly informed and engaged with merchants and payment service providers alike.

Eric’s expertise is vast in the European and emerging markets and has worked in many different places immersing himself with localized payment solutions for the under banked consumers who are living in low card penetration demographics. Whilst working in Russia, Eric was instrumental in establishing and scaling combined online/offline retail whilst pushing for rapid adoption of mobile app ecosystems.

Eric Benz received his Associate Arts Degree from Marymount College in Los Angeles and went on to receive his B.A. degree in International Business Management from the British American College in London (BACL).

David Sargeant
Innovation Consultant, iGaming Ideas

David drives new products, strategy, and innovation, working as a consultant for gaming operators and product suppliers, and running an iGaming incubator – www.igamingideas.com

David has 14 years experience in the gambling and technology sectors. He works across many iGaming verticals including Sports Betting, Horse Racing, Virtual Sports, Casino, and Lottery. He has experience deploying strategies, products and solutions across UK/Ireland, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

About iGaming Ideas

iGaming Ideas aims to add innovation to the Sports Betting and iGaming sector by helping new ideas get to market. We are a consultancy, a startup incubator and seed fund for the sports betting and iGaming space.

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