INNOVATORS VS COVID 19
AI in the Aquaculture Industry
We talked to Evangelos Lampos on how Eliminatore integrates artificial intelligence in cleaning aquaculture nets, and this is what he had to say.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Evangelos Lampos: During this uncertain period, we are just doing the best we can.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Eliminatore?
Evangelos Lampos: I started my startup, Eliminatore, during my university years. I used to work during the summers in a fish farm company, so I had the chance to watch and learn a lot about the industry of aquaculture.
How does Eliminatore innovate?
Evangelos Lampos: My company is implementing computer vision in the industry of aquaculture. Specifically, we offer the nets’ automatic supervision and a new method of cleaning the aquaculture nets from biofouling.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Evangelos Lampos: Covid 19 was a severe obstacle related to our growth plans. By living in Greece, we could not travel across the country to reach new potential customers. However, my partner and I made the most out of it. We spent many hours developing further and improving our software. As a result, we won a startup competition due to our progress, trophies that significantly impacted our company prospects.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Evangelos Lampos: One of the most challenging decisions I had to make was to leave my home and go back to my parents. I did that not to kill my company. Now, three months after that event, I realized the importance of effectiveness. To be successful, you must offer a fully functional product.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and Eliminatore in the future?
Evangelos Lampos: As a startup, you are dealing with anxiety every single day. By doing your job well, you are giving yourself a small taste of compensation. We believe in ourselves and our capacity, so we want to impact the whole industry in the future.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Evangelos Lampos: Our most significant competitors come from Norway. They are well funded and are in the industry for many years now. We accept the challenge and play the game. We are not focusing on beating them in what they do best in the present. Eliminatore paves the way to winning the competition in what comes next, meaning the fourth industrial revolution.
Your final thoughts?
Evangelos Lampos: It takes a lot to be an entrepreneur during this period. However, if someone has a clear view and can deliver something valuable, no matter the conditions, success is the only possible outcome.
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