»Everything begins with an idea.« There is hardly a better way to start this article than using the famous quote by Earl Nightingale. Then indeed, creativity and innovation are born from an idea to begin with. Thankfully, we at A1 Group happen to be full of ideas on how to make the world a better, easier and more entertaining place. This was perfectly shown on stage of Empowering Ideas #2.

46 applications from the whole A1 Group, six nominated projects for the final presentation and three winning teams: Games & Drinks, Go Viral and Plan Bee. We wanted to know more about their concepts and ideas for the future. Who better to present their innovative and creative solutions than the teams themselves, right? So here it comes, get ready to get inspired!

»Playing is one activity that can’t be taken seriously enough.«

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Andreas Berlinger & Peter Schafflechner are the Austrian power duo behind Games & Drinks. Their goal? To create hubs and bring gamers together in real life. Therefor they are setting up Club Houses where everybody can play videogames, watch eSports events, test new gear or just hang out at the bar with friends. For more ambitious players they even offer high-end training facilities and professional coaching.

»If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.«

Jeff Bezos

Go Viral, that is our Macedonian colleagues Leonard Kaja, Fljorim Hadzhiu and Kristijan Jovanovski, is a unique social media marketing and sales platform that integrates companies’ internal systems and Social Media user profiles and alters the traditional way of digital marketing with innovative and interactive approach. It increases direct engagement and Social Media user’s satisfaction, hence adding value to products and brands.

»Listen to the bees and let them guide you.«

Brother Adam

Plan Bee consists of four very different people, with the same good, strong and crazy energy. Jelena Aranđelović , Una Stanimirović, Ivana Mirković and Slobodan Antanasijević from Serbia have a mission to help beekeepers and their bees to be healthy, safe and to produce more honey. They are working on sensors that measure relevant data about beehives, to gather and process this data and bring the results of this analysis back to the beekeepers so they can make more informed decisions.

»Innovation is the only way to win.«

Steve Jobs