Top 15 GSB Teams: E-Commerce Circle Powered By Bigcommerce

After tons of hard work and thousands of votes, we have our official top 15 teams for the E-Commerce Circle Powered By Bigcommerce!

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These teams will move on to the formal judging round, in which they will be assessed based on set criteria by a panel of startup experts. Each team is now eligible to win some incredible prizes from Bigcommerce, including a team trip to SXSW, a trip to Bigcommerce headquarters for a month long mentorship from experts who truly know online business, and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of the E-Commerce winner on December 16th,

Faitmaison.co | Grenoble, France – A community where people can share their cuisines and earn some extra bucks. It serves you with delicious homemade food at reasonable prices.

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VisionBoards.co | Detroit, Michigan – A simple yet powerful e-commerce-enabled platform that allows users to easily create, print and share custom vision boards and other self-empowerment tools.

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Goodvid.io | Thessaloniki, Greece – Promises to change the way content from social video platforms is used in online retail.

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KAPCHER | Sydney, Australia – The world’s first global online real-time community marketplace for photo/videographers..

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Paybutton Africa | Accra, Ghana – A service designed to bring online payments to small African businesses who are currently unable to accept payments online. Services like PayPal and Visa aren’t available.

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RV Sherpa | Laguna Beach, California – A website which helps renters find RVs to rent at a great price. Also, adding over $100 million to the RV rental economy by accepting rental offers for unused or unrented RVs just like airbnb and priceline does for homes and hotel rooms.

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Garden Genie | Auckland, New Zealand – Make growing simple and enjoyable.

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Fabrique | Accra, Ghana – No.1 stop shop for authentic African fabric.

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Griflens | Toronto, Ontario – An entertainment and educational platform that spans online and offline worlds by combining physical, collectible beads with online interactive storytelling.

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Bootlegger | Hyderabad, India – Delivers booze at your doorstep. Vision is to make purchase of alcohol easy and hassle free.

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Jibbin | Isfahan, Iran – Help you find the best commodity within your budget.

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Global Arts | Maceió, Brazil – A marketplace environment directed to art promoting.

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Tip It | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Gathers people who appreciate good music and talented artists in an online environment. You can meet new talents in music, enjoy live and unique shows and contribute to the artist’s career.

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OpenMyArt | Quebec, Canada – Aims to make art accessible to everyone and to bring out tomorrow’s talents through an efficient web platform that offers a direct connection between the emerging artist and the art lover.

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Service Shop | Tehran, Iran – An application based on electronic shop services but unique in its way of sharing – adding the power of comparison among service providers, sharing photos and making it possible for services to be bought through the internet.

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Boda Inteligente | Mexico City, Mexico – A website where you can buy online all the things you need for your wedding in 3 easy steps!

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The Look | Cordoba, Argentina – An app that teaches you how to dress well, considering your wardrobe, the characteristics of your body and your style.

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Dale Pay | Caracas, Venezuela – We explore the pedagogical use of video games in Spanish-speaking school.

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Top 15 GSB Teams: Activate Circle Powered By Amazon Web Services

After tons of hard work and thousands of votes, we have our official top 15 teams for the Activate Circle Powered By Amazon Web Services!

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These teams will move on to the formal judging round, in which they will be assessed based on set criteria by a panel of startup experts. Each team is now eligible to win some incredible prizes from Amazon Web Services, including $15,000 in AWS paid services, and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Activate Circle winner on December 16th.

Trips ‘N Tips | La Paz, Bolivia – A mobile app where travelers share their experiences, give and receive tips, ensuring that you have the trip of a lifetime.

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X-History | Sendai, Japan – With X-history, you can find webpages you’re looking for by visualization and order of importance from your browser history.

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AppNight | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain – A smartphone application aimed at enhancing social relationships among nightlife venues customers.

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APPartamelo.co | Barranquilla, Colombia – The easiest way to find an apartment.

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ProjectedU | Newark, Delaware – An application for universities to target information to students in real time.

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Fundstarter | Columbus, Ohio – A crowd funding platform for celebrities to raise funds for their respective charities. Allowing more organizations to do more good in the world.

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RV Sherpa | Laguna Beach, California – A website which helps renters find RVs to rent at a great price. Also, adding over $100 million to the RV rental economy by accepting rental offers for unused or unrented RVs just like airbnb and priceline does for homes and hotel rooms.

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MyBox | London, United Kingdom – Brings all your inboxes into one. It let’s you easily search, find, and share your messages from Facebook, Twitter, SMS, E-Mail and many more.

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Griflens | Toronto, Ontario – An entertainment and educational platform that spans online and offline worlds by combining physical, collectible beads with online interactive storytelling.

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Gymsight | Melbourne, Australia – An app which tracks your workouts, sending live data from gym exercise equipment to your mobile phone.

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Optics4Africa | Accra, Ghana – Connecting Africa to the rest of the world through data.

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Amble | Queensland, Australia – A budding social project that helps you create your perfect outing.

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Tip It | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Gathers people who appreciate good music and talented artists in an online environment. You can meet new talents in music, enjoy live and unique shows and contribute to the artist’s career.

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Life Capsule | Toronto, Canada – A pill box that tweets. If you’re worried that you forget to take your medication or, more importantly, that a loved one needs a reminder to take their medication, you can use our mobile app to “program” the pill box.

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Youtrace | Arrecife, Spain – The place were you can build your emotional biography and send it to the future to share it with the people you love.

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Top 15 GSB Teams: Champion's Circle Powered By Google For Entrepreneurs

After tons of hard work and thousands of votes, we have our official top 15 teams for the Champion’s Circle, Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs!

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These teams will move on to the formal judging round, in which they will be assessed based on set criteria by a panel of startup experts. Each team is now eligible to win some incredible prizes from Google for Entrepreneurs, including up to $20K match funding in an indiegogo crowd-funding campaign, a trip to Google HQ in San Francisco, mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Champion’s Circle winner on December 17th or 18th.

Keepacy | Tehran, Iran – A mobile application which lets you hide data and apps on your phone.

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Hacky Sacky | Guatemala – Links family entertainment, personal challenge and physical activity with current technological resources.

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Shower Beats | Guatemala – A device that plugs into your shower and connects to your smartphone, allowing you to manage time and save water while listening to your favorite music.

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Placetory | Tehran, Iran – A mobile app, which helps you to check the history of places at your current location and see all the historical events in a timeline.

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Catsh.in | Halifax – An application which helps electronics consumers save money by tracking the price of the items they have bought and alerting them when the prices goes down.

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TruckPad | Brazil – An app that connects the trucker to the cargo.

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Morshid | Lebanon – A low cost system for unassisted mobility of visually impaired people.

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OpenEats | Taiwan – An application which tells you if your food is safe for you or not.

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SUNiT | Ljubljana, Slovenia – Smart sleeping system.

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deTENS | Ljubljana, Slovenia – A physiotherapist at your fingertips. Simple, easy, appealing and connected to your smartphone.

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Jibbin | Isfahan, Iran – Helps you find the best commodity with your budget.

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Pawly | Toronto, Canada – An interactive, digital toy that helps you stay connected with your pet from anywhere.

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Opp.io | Budapest, Hungary – A new communication protocol that blends text messaging with task and project management.

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GiftyMifty | Tabriz, Iran – An application that lets your friends know what you want and lets them buy it themselves or as a collective group.

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Wuu Games | Prishtina, Kosovo – A group of students from Kosovo, bringing cross-platform 3D games with amazing game-play, great design and a storyline that you will fall in love with.

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iTravey | Aveiro, Portugal – A platform where you can submit your dream travel and have the agencies find you. Get the best deals, no search.

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Airstock | Sheffield, United Kingdom – The global marketplace for drone operators to showcase and sell the world’s most unique aerial video footage.

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What’s Next?

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If your team is in the top 15, you can begin working on your indiegogo campaign! Google will be matching funds raised for the winning teams, and a stronger campaign can only help you secure more funds! We recommend teams get started now; even if you don’t end up winning the match-funding, you will have the start of an awesome campaign to help you continue on your startup journey.  If you’re ready to get started, use the GSB Campaign Creation Link to begin creating your campaign.  The following resources are available to help you as you build:








GSB 2013: Introducing the E-Commerce Circle powered by Bigcommerce

We are thrilled to announce another ‘Circle’ for Global Startup Battle: E-Commerce! More Circles means more ways to win and Bigcommerce is giving away some prizes you don’t want to miss.

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Bigcommerce, the fast growing e-commerce platform for businesses of all sizes, will lead the judging for the E-Commerce Circle competition, singling out the most innovative, smart, enthusiastic and promising team for a month-long e-commerce immersion experience at Bigcommerce.

The experience includes:

  • Trip to Austin, TX for an immersive e-commerce experience at the Bigcommerce offices. Flight and lodging included!
  • Tickets to SXSW Interactive
  • A personal e-commerce coach
  • Collaborative office space
  • Your own online store with built-in marketing tools
  • An opportunity to meet face-to-face with execs from Bigcommerce to discuss and refine your business growth strategy

Bigcommerce will cover travel and event expenses so the winner can hunker down to make their online startup a success with mentorship from the experts who work with online businesses every day.

“Global Startup Battle provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with and learn form each other, proving new ideas and opportunities to build their business in this fast-paced market,” said Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution and Chairman of UP Global. “As access to the $250 billion global, online marketplace for retailers and merchants, is increasingly democratized, e-commerce provides a compelling opportunity for young startups to go toe-to-toe with giants in their space.”

So how can you get involved?

A Circle is a themed startup competition within Global Startup Battle. Teams will submit video pitches, get crowd votes, and winners will eventually be named by a panel of industry expert judges.  The first step to entering the E-Commerce Circle is to find a Startup Weekend taking place during Global Startup Battle. There are two weekends available to choose from: November 15th and November 22nd.  At the beginning of the event, participants will pitch their ideas and teams will form around the most popular ones. The teams then have 54 hours to build a company around the idea. On Sunday evening, teams will present to a local panel of judges and event winners will be named. From there, all teams will have 24 hours to submit a video entry describing their company to the GSB Circles of their choice.

To register to attend a Startup Weekend event in a city near you, please visit http://globalstartupbattle.co/.  If you’re located in Bigcommerce’s neck of the woods, you can find details regarding the Austin, Texas and Sydney, Australia startup weekends at the following links http://austin.startupweekend.org/ or http://sydney.startupweekend.org/.

 








GSB 2013: Introducing the ‘Activate Circle’ powered by Amazon Web Services

A few weeks ago, we announced the 2013 edition of Global Startup Battle and we promised there would more amazing ways to win than ever before. We’re calling these ‘Circles’ (themed battles within GSB), and today we’re thrilled to introduce another.

Please welcome the Activate Circle powered by Amazon Web Services to Global Startup Battle!

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Every team that uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) during the Global Startup Battle will be eligible to compete for the Activate Circle prizes. They are pretty sweet, and we definitely recommend finding a creative way to use a range of AWS products and services as part of your team over the weekend. (Qualifying list below in ‘Judging Criteria’)

Grand Prize:

  • $15,000 USD in credit from AWS for Paid Services (other than Amazon FPS, reserved instances or support services) to be used within 2 years from the date of award; and
  • 5 Dedicated Tweets from @AWSStartupsInclusion in one blog post on the AWS Blog (aws.typepad.com)
  • An AWS Swag Pack, consisting of an AWS T-Shirt, Stickers, Coffee Mug and Kindle Paperwhite

First Prize:

  • $10,000 USD in credit from AWS for Paid Services (other than Amazon FPS or reserved instances or support services) to be used within 2 years from the date of award; and2 Dedicated Tweets from @AWSStartups
  • An AWS Swag Pack, consisting of an AWS T-Shirt, Stickers, & Coffee Mug
  • Inclusion in one blog post on the AWS Blog (aws.typepad.com)

Second Prize:

  • $5,000 USD in credit from AWS for Paid Services (other than Amazon FPS or reserved instances or support services) to be used within 2 years from the date of award; and
  • 1 Dedicated Tweet from @AWSStartupsInclusion in one blog post on the AWS Blog (aws.typepad.com)
  • An AWS Swag Pack, consisting of an AWS T-Shirt, Stickers, & Coffee Mug

If you want to be a part of Global Startup Battle this year, look for an event in your area that takes place or subscribe to StartupDigest and be notified of all upcoming startup events in your area.

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Amazon Web Services is a proud Global Technology Sponsor of Startup Weekend. They provide startups with the tools needed to get up and running quickly at a low cost, allowing you to fail quickly and experiment often.

 


Prepare to win the Activate Circle from AWS by following the judging criteria below. As we get closer to November, every Circle will have a page at globalstartupbattle.co with all the details, official rules, and instructions on how to enter.

Judging Criteria

The Amazon Judging Panel will judge the qualified Entries using the following judging criteria:

  • Implementation and integration of AWS Paid Services: Amazon Glacier, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS), Amazon Mechanical Turk, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Redshift, Amazon OpsWorks (collectively, the “Paid Services”)
  • Originality and creativity
  • Likelihood of long-term success and scalability
  • Effectiveness in addressing a need in the marketplace.
  • We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to select fewer than 3 Prize Winners if we do not receive a minimum of 6 eligible and qualified Entries from such category.

 


Missed the announcement on the Champion’s Circle powered by Google for Entrepreneurs?

What is a ‘Circle’?

A Circle is a themed battle within Global Startup Battle. Based on different ways to qualify, GSB startup teams can enter one or more of the Circles our GSB partners are hosting. Every Circle has it’s own prizes, eligibility requirements, and judging criteria. This means more ways to win and more prizes than in previous years. It also means ALL teams will qualify for one or more of the themed Circle battle, even those not winning on the local level. With Circles, every single Startup Weekend team formed at every event during GSB will have a chance at startup glory! Stay tuned as we reveal all the Circles and how you can qualify for each.