20 September 2023
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Forbes Talks | Volup, REVER and Stockagile, winners of the second edition of the Scalpers ‘Patrones de Ideas’ Awards
“Forbes Talks | Volup, Rever and Stockagile, winners of the second edition of the Scalpers ‘Patrones de Ideas’ Awards”. FORBES. 20 September 2023. Archived from the original on 17 November 2023. Retrieved 17 November 2023. On 12 September, the Spanish fashion firm Scalpers held the second edition of the ‘Patrones de Ideas’ awards with the backing of Forbes. With these awards, Scalpers recognises the entrepreneurial talent of startups with an innovative vision in the retail business world and with a positive impact on society.
The jury selected the startups Volup, Rever and Stockagile as winners of the second edition of this competition after getting to know each of the finalists more closely through a presentation by their founders and a round of questions at an event held at the Hotel Orfilia in Madrid and presented by the communicator Mercedes Martín.
The Portuguese app Volup aims to revolutionize the delivery market, bringing dishes from premium restaurants to your home. Its CEO and founder Álvaro Meyer has explained that they have created specialized backpacks, bags and boxes that make a difference compared to the competition. To this we must add the care of its courier staff. With more than 1,000 orders a month in Portugal, his next step is to settle in Madrid with several restaurant groups.
Another of the award-winning startups was Rever, a software dedicated to managing e-commerce returns, making the return process just as fast and simple as the purchase process. Oriol Hernández, its CEO and co-founder, has pointed out that one of the most notable features of the platform is the possibility of making instant refunds, thus eliminating waiting times and improving the customer experience. Additionally, as an alternative to a financial refund, they offer that returns be offset by product exchanges or store credit. And all this also with the aim of minimizing the environmental impact. Created in 2022, it has important international investors.
For its part, and as its name indicates, Stockagile is software that helps streamline inventory, stock and sales management for SMEs, connecting their physical stores and showrooms with multiple ecommerce and marketplaces. This startup provides cloud services to centralize sales channels and product stocks. That is, in an agile and simple way, an SME can know how many warehouses it has, how much merchandise in each of them, what needs to be sent to each store or the management of orders, as its CEO Miquel Subirats explained in the presentation. of his candidacy. In this way, Stockagile contributes to providing solutions to the organization of stocks in businesses. With plans adapted to each company, they have more than 350 clients.
Along with them, the other three finalist companies were: Instantty, represented by its founder Cristina García-Cascón Asensio, Dawa, which was presented by its CEO and co-founder Javier Dolcet, and Interactvty, which was represented by David Esplá, its managing partner. Instantty is a software for clothing brands and an app that helps reduce waiting time in lines by facilitating payment by scanning the garment label, thus minimizing the customer abandonment rate. For its part, Dawa is dedicated to managing changes and returns in ecommerce. One of its objectives is to help retailers extend the useful life of the product after return and reduce the environmental impact of this process. And finally, InteracTvty is an OTT platform that allows brands to interact with the customer through a smart television or mobile device, where the viewer can fill out surveys, expand information about an item and finally buy it online.
All of them are examples of innovative startups. Hence the difficulty that the jury had in making its final decision. Borja Vázquez, president and founder of Scalpers, explained in the presentation of this event that the ‘Patrones de Ideas’ awards were born from the concern of meeting startups that generate value and impact on society. “The best thing we can do is help them to continue climbing,” Vázquez acknowledged. A conviction and a commitment that will now be materialized with the recognition and delivery of this award.
As a form of business patronage with the help of the Spanish fashion brand known for its skull logo, the three winning startups will be able to promote their projects, acquire new knowledge and, above all, have access to a large network of contacts in the sector. Volup, Rever and Stockagile will have support to accelerate their business, advice from the Scalpers team and support in terms of communication thanks to an agreement with Forbes. “It is important to bring to light and make known such innovative examples from the world of retail,” said Ignacio Quintana, general director of Forbes Spain.
The jury for the ‘Patrones de Ideas’ awards was made up of the co-founders of Scalpers Borja Vázquez and Alfonso Vivancos, Ignacio Quintana, general director of Forbes Spain; Charlie Saiz, founder of Grupo Larrumba, Grupo Carbón and Fabela Boxing Club; Ismael Villalobos, CEO and founder of La Casa de las Carcasas; Hugo Arévalo, co-founder and executive president of The Power Business School; Lola Solana, Small Caps variable income fund manager; Borja Oria, CEO of investment banking at Arcano Partners; and Patricia Cabal, founder of Growing Together Consulting. All of them praised the final projects for these awards, and as Borja Vázquez, from Scalpers, pointed out: “The opposite of success is not failure, but not trying.”
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REVER is a startup born to revolutionise eCommerce, making the online returns process easier, faster and more sustainable. Born in 2022, the startup was co-founded by Oriol Hernàndez i Fajula and Màrius Montmany. To meet its ambitious expansion plans, the company has brought in internationally renowned investors such as Silicon Valley fund YCombinator, Sequoia’s scouting fund and Mundi Ventures, who join GFC and Óscar Pierre (CEO and co-founder of Glovo). REVER currently has a team of 25 people and a portfolio of more than 100 customers including brands in the Fashion, Shoes, Sports and Electronics sectors. Through a frictionless returns process, the startup enables eCommerce companies to improve internal efficiency and customer experience.
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