Smart Bird Feeder Company Named Slovenian Startup of the Year

By , 17 Jun 2021, 10:46 AM Business
Smart Bird Feeder Company Named Slovenian Startup of the Year Photo: Bird Buddy

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STA, 17 June 2021 - Bird Buddy, a startup company that has developed a smart bird feeder, has won this year's Slovenian Startup of the Year Award, selected by an international judging panel.

Bird Buddy features a modern-design bird house equipped with a feed container, a video camera, microphone and a movement sensor that allows the user to monitor the birds via a mobile app.

The app uses artificial intelligence to recognise the species, lets the user know when the feed container is empty and offers advice about the best feed for a particular bird species. The user can also take pictures of birds remotely and edit and share them.

"We are delighted to see our project gain recognition not only in the US but also in Slovenia as this means we will be able to invite the most qualified people to join our team," Žiga Vrtarič, who founded Bird Buddy along with Franci Zidar, said on accepting the award at an event at Ljubljana Castle yesterday.

Start:up Slovenija, the organisation that gives out the award in cooperation with the Slovenian Enterprise Fund and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, praised the founders for adding great value to Slovenian entrepreneurship.

The Bird Buddy has raised EUR 4.2 million on the the Kickstarter global crowdfunding platform in just over a month.

CEO of the Slovenian Enterprise Fund Maja Tomanič Vidovič noted the many opportunities for startups in the new era of entrepreneurship as the post-pandemic market gravitates towards sustainable development.

She believes sustainable development will be the driving force of the future and takes pride in the fact that the Slovenian Startup of the Year competition helps bring together newly-established startups trying to reach sustainability goals.

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