It is with great pleasure that MakeTank accepted the prize as best startup at Maker Faire Rome in the Techgarage pitch competition.

20 startups from around Italy (and a few from the UK) were chosen through a pre-screening process as the Barcamper (a mobile home) traveled down the country, meeting Makers. These finalists presented here at the MakerFaire: a 5 minute pitch each, in front of a packed auditorium full of investors, journalists, bloggers and of course Makers. The vote was by the public, who called a number to pick their favourite startup.

After winning the first round, Laura De Benedetto, co-founder of MakeTank, moved on to the finals as the only woman on stage. She received a large Maker Robot trophy, made by the digital artisans at Roland DG, from the hands of Riccardo Luna and Gianluca Dettori.

“Winning this prize,” says Laura De Benedetto “confirms that MakeTank provides a much needed service to the world of european makers: the ability to have a shop of their own amongst others dedicated to innovative products."

What’s next for this Florentine startup? “After this first pitch to a public full of investors, we do hope that, beyond the honour of the prize, we might make interesting contacts that will help our project evolve on an international scale,” declares De Benedetto. “The Maker Faire Rome is the most important occasion of the year, and for this reason we’ve developed a dense program of workshops at our stand, held by our Makers and international partners. Here at the Maker Faire, we feel right at home!”


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