The 2020 Winner
MaaStran has a unique proposition to disrupt Mobility by using blockchain to enable MaaS, multi-modal and multi-operator ticketing and integration, back office and settlement. MaaStran has a working prototype, patent pending (and published), led by 3 co-founders with over thirty years combined transport ticketing, payments, retail, back office and settlement experience in the UK and Europe. MaaStran was recently chosen as one of the top 130 startups from over 10,000 applying at Websummit in Lisbon.
With more than 25 years experience as an executive in the Technology, Telecommunications and Energy sectors, Shane leads the team at Vix Technology. His role is ensuring the company lives up to its purpose of delivering A Better Customer Journey, excelling as a team to make transit providers more successful.
Shane previously held senior roles in Landis+Gyr (a Toshiba Company), Spark (Telecom New Zealand) and Aegis, and has worked across the European, North American and Asia Pacific markets. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Technology - Sydney, along with Executive Development education from IMD Business School in Switzerland.
Chris is the Executive Director, Digital Products Delivery for the Customer Technology & Services Division at TfNSW. The Digital Products Delivery branch leads customer facing digital transformation and innovation to improve the customer experience for all Transport customers. Its remit includes leadership of the Transport Digital Accelerator, Opal Contactless Payments program, the Opal Travel App, the Open Data Hub and Apps program, Customer Feedback Systems, the end-to-end Opal customer experience, product roadmap and systems development, Customer channel transformation program, and all customer facing digital initiatives. The branch also leads the Future Transport Technology program and Innovation agenda. Prior to joining Transport, Chris spent 15 years leading technology product development at companies including Nokia and Hewlett Packard.
With many years of experience in the creation and commercialization of value-added technology service solutions, Zhanna Ermolina is currently in charge of Smart Ticketing solutions in Moscow Metro. She supervised such wide range of key projects and assignments as the launch of Moscow Central Diameters and Moscow Central Circle, preparation of the Moscow Metro for the FIFA World Cup 2018, regional expansion of transport Troika card, the launch of Moscow Metro App, development of new ticketing system, payment methods and reward schemes. In 2019, won the national award for the transport Troika card loyalty program.
Prior to joining Moscow Metro Zhanna had worked for Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development of Moscow.
3 companies are given the opportunity to do a 5 minute pitch about their new product or programme. They then have 10 minutes of questioning from the Dragons and the audience. Once all the pitches are complete the Dragons vote who they believe has the strongest product.
Though there is no cash prize or guaranteed funding for the winner, previous contestants have gone on to receive investment from buyers and venture capitalists present at the event.
Our winner will be included in our post event report, receive a dedicated announcement on our website and email campaign - and of course the opportunity to impress future partners or investors.
Our criteria for start-ups is that they must be under a £1 million in revenue, 24 months or younger and new to the event.