TWIST: Photon – The world’s first robot that grows together with your child


Photon is an interactive robot that teaches children how to code.It’s the first robot in the world that develops along with your child bringing an entirely new and innovative approach to education. Learning should be fun and this is exactly where Photon steps in! It offers a child the opportunity to take his first steps into the world of technology in a very easy, intuitive and fun way!

Being such a unique product and offering a very innovative and useful service, Photon won the Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2015, and was part of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Acceleration Program. After winning this outstanding competition, META Zernike Ventures invested in Photon through its Xplorer Fund, the first proof of concept type of fund in Poland. Xplorer Fund (Poland) can finance technology driven projects or startups, and Photon is a perfect example of a successful idea brought to life.


The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a very prestigious event and TWIST and StartUp Europe partnered with DotConnect and Microsoft in order to organize this year’s edition in Warsaw. Through the TWIST project, StartUp Europe manages to support the European startup ecosystem in achieving its goals.










Photon is just one of many success stories developed inside the European startup ecosystem and with its innovative product, children can be easily motivated to learn through a storytelling driven experience.

Photon launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to bring their product to market, and this innovative startup’s success story is due to the tremendous work done by a team of creative students from Białystok, a small Polish city.


Join and support Photon’s Kickstarter campaign right here! If you are interested in reading more about Photon, be sure to take a look over their entire project here and here.


StartUp Europe and TWIST support innovative startups all over Europe and if you are interested in learning more about what we do, or if you want to get in touch with our experts, visit startupeuropeclub.eu www.digitaltwisters.com for more information.

TWIST DIGITAL is the H2020 action, under the Startup Europe umbrella, that provides Transregional Web Innovative Services for Thriving Digital and Mobile to web entrepreneurs aiming at scaling up and competing in the global market around 4 interconnected web entrepreneurship startup ecosystems and hubs (Rome, Lille, Stockholm and Warsaw).


Startup Europe aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU. Startup Europe contributes to the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan.

Startup Europe’s objectives are:

  • to reinforce the links between people, business and associations who build and scale up the startup ecosystem (e.g. the Web Investors Forum, the Accelerator Assembly, the Crowdfunding Network) 
  • to inspire entrepreneurs and provide role models (e.g. the Leaders Club and their Startup Manifesto, the Startup Europe Roadshow)
  • to celebrate new and innovative startups (with Tech All Stars and Europioneers), help them to expand their business (Startup Europe Partnership, ACE Acceleration Programme), and give them access to funding under Horizon 2020.



StartUPest: Join the Student Enterprise Conference on June 17 in Budapest

By Thomas Ohr

The second edition of MY-WAY’s Student Enterprise Conference will take place in collaboration with AIESEC, on the 17th of June in Budapest. It will be held at the beautiful premises of the Budapest Music Centre. StartUPest will provide a unique opportunity for young entrepreneurs and students willing to launch their business to meet investors, mentors and other key players of the European startup ecosystem, network with peers, and learn new skills to pursue their dream.

MY-WAY is a Startup Europe project with the goal to help more students and young adults from across Europe to become successful web entrepreneurs. The partner organisations behind MY-WAY are organising Student Enterprise Conferences with the aim of showcasing the leading student enterprise initiatives, services and projects advancing in Europe; encouraging the sharing of best practices and feedback from young entrepreneurs and student organisations, and in general raising awareness about the potential of student-led entrepreneurship initiatives.
AIESEC, the co-organizer of StartUPest, is the world’s largest youth-led organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, an accelerator, a business angel, a mentor, a representative of a student network, a venture capitalist or any other player in the European web entrepreneurship ecosystem, you are warmly invited to join StartUPest on June 17 in Budapest!
Confirmed speakers:

● David Trayford – How to pitch your passion

● Péter Kovács – How to utilize tech media

● Csaba Lévay – BossConnect mentor programme

● Nick Slater – Gaining investment for your startup, how to learn from failure

● Maria Logotheti – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
More inspiring speakers and agenda points will be announced soon!
Hurry up – tickets are free for early bird registrations until the 6th of June. After that date 800 HUF (less than 3 EUR) will be charged upon registration, which is still very affordable.

Tickets and more information can be found here.