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.

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.

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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.