Testing, testing

The battle against the challenges of urbanization and renovation took a step towards reality few weeks ago. 13 startups¬†gathered in Bagarmossen’s district in Stockholm to plan their methods for testing at the Peloton Smart Retro Acceleration Programme’s second Innovation Camp. The programme’s testbed-phase starts in late March and involves the urbanites of both cities of Lahti and of Stockholm.

Kvalitid, a service that provides apartment buildings with domestic help from unemployed youth, won the camp’s pitch contest about testing methods with their enthusiastic presentation. These young blokes from Gothenburg had a simple yet efficient testing method: they planned to go and find out the demand for their service from door to door.

Like in the previous camp in Lahti, there was a fair share of mentors present. The most common advice given to the entrepreneurs was to launch yesterday, emphasizing the value of early-phase testing. Launching a beta version of the service enables the gathering of valuable user insights, and hence helps to “kill your darlings”.

Check out the team’s testbed-plans here:¬†http://www.slideshare.net/DemosHelsinki

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