Highlights of Global Startup Battle 2015

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Global Startup Battle just ended, and the year is winding down. The sixth edition of GSB was another great success! Thousands of participants came together in 60 countries across the world to innovate, build new companies, make new connections, and create something great! And GSB remains the biggest startup battle in the world!

Global Startup Battle is a truly exciting time for people and ideas to come together and battle it out over a weekend. Fortunately, Startup Weekend events happen through out the year, so you do not have to wait until next November for GSB to get your hands dirty in building a startup. This year, Community Leaders organized over 950 Startup Weekend Events, with over 45,000 attendees!

Interested in trying out a Startup Weekend event? Or possibly preparing for next year’s Global Startup Battle? We asked some of this year’s top GSB teams to share how the experience was valuable for them and this is what they said:

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  • “Most of the fun is working with other people; part of it is the idea you come out with. The team is often more important than a good idea.” – Team Floop, Education through Video and Beyond Track Winner
  • “GSB is really one of the most productive and incredible weekends that are offered to people that really want to get their feet wet in the startup community…You can’t change the world if you never try.” – Team UGO, Mobile Growth Track Winner
  • “Just before pitching the idea I thought this would be a good experience, but after two days of inspiration and growth I realized it is actually the memories from this experience that I will stay with me. I didn’t think of winning Global Battle, I just kept my expectations high. The hard work and the need to always be ready to learn something new made proved to be great lessons.” – Team Smart Case, Innovators Track Winner
  • “The biggest thing I learned is that the team you pick really, really matters. You all need to ‘click’ to understand each other, and be passionate about what you’re doing. If someone on the team doesn’t fit the bill, then they’re only going to drag the others down.” – Team Come Along, Disruptors and Big Ideas Track Finalist
  • “One of the highlights was analyzing how environments inspire us: those in different city structures and climates had different innovations. Ideas ranged from those ensuring user safety, to advancements in modern gaming, and new ways of approaching common tasks. Although the Global Startup Battle was considered a competition, it was simply a community where like-minded individuals united to share their vision. We would recommend the Global Startup Battle to those interested in connecting with other teams and developing their ideas through the benefaction of wonderful sponsors.” – Team Culitech, the Winner of Startup Weekend Vancouver 2015 and recipient of their local Most Disruptive Idea Award
  • We really enjoyed the experience of the GSB! It was quite a challenge for us, because we are still young and quite inexperienced. The idea of getting people to vote for their favorite project was really great. It was a good occasion to create a community around us on social networks! In general, it was an amazing experience!” – Team SyncrHome, Champions Track Finalist
  • “It was a very rewarding experience to be named a top finalist in a global startup competition and to receive positive feedback from YouTube judges about our unique approach to education through user-generated videos and online testing. We are excited to move forward with our software and services.” – Team Test and Teach, Education Through Video and Beyond Track Finalist
  • “Because the Education Hackathon was industry targeted (something I had not experienced before), it created a cleaner focus for the seminars and mentors.  I liked this.  The event also attracted subject matter experts, not just techies, which was of immense benefit for product design purposes.”  – Team Learn Log, Education Through Video and Beyond Track Finalist
  • “Being part of the Global Startup Battle was a lovely experience, we have learnt to package our solution better as well as sell our idea out of our little corner. We also had to opportunity to increase our team size at Startup Weekend, adding people to improve our weak areas. It has been beautiful and all thanks to Techstars.” – Team FlowByte, Great in the Making Track Finalist
  • “There is nothing stopping us from turning our dreams into reality, and building a successful business out of passion, hard work, and strong relationships. We were a group of eight complete strangers at the start of the weekend – five of whom were still at high school; we are now the Asia-Pacific champions of the 2015 Global Startup Battle, and in the process of commercialising our Gold Coast Startup Weekend concept.” – Team Genesis AR, Champions Track Finalist
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We hope to see you at a Startup Weekend  in 2016, find one near you here! Ready to take the next step? Check out other opportunities through Startup Next or Techstars accelerators!

Happy New Year!

 








Announcing the 2015 Global Startup Battle Champions

In over 60 countries across the world, thousands of you came together to participate in Global Startup Battle 2015. You created, innovated, built new companies, forged new bonds, and worked around the clock! Thank you to every team who participated in GSB 2015. Each and every one of you helped in making GSB the biggest startup battle in the world.

We are now ready to announce the final Global Startup Battle Champions! There were many impressive and notable entries, but these teams really stood out. They made it through very trying and demanding rounds of voting, judging, and through all that they persisted to be named this year’s winners!

Congratulations, félicitations, gratulasjoner, gefeliciteerd…

The Champions Track

Winner: Caleche (London, UK)

Ever experienced a painful surge on Uber? Opened your favorite taxi app and no cabs were around? We did, and that’s why we created Caleche.

Caleche is a unique app that allows you to access all cab services around. Just put the destination you would like to go, and we will algo-handpick for you the cheapest and the closest cab around, as well as some funkier stuff…

Behind this? A diverse group of dev and bus people from Google, Amazon, BBC and Dataiku

For the first time ever, we have a tie for Runner Up!

1st Runner Up (tied): Menehune Hat Clip

1st Runner Up (tied): Floop

 

The Innovators Track

Winner: Smart Case (Fall River, MA, USA)

Smart case is an easy way to send for help. With one tap of the emergency button on the back of your smartphone case, you can immediately share your current location, with the people you trust. It also can send text messages, emails, voice recordings and more. You can simply set your emergency contacts and the information they receive with our app. Special features include extra battery life for your smartphone while remaining light, slim and protective. At our facilities we have the ability to design, develop and start a small scale production today. You will never forget this device because it is always connected to your phone.

1st Runner Up: Glow

2nd Runner Up: LiftSync

 

The Great in the Making Track

Winner: Tactile Eyesight (Liepaja, Latvia)

We thrive to build global tactile book platform for children with visual impairment.

Tactile Eyesight – community that formed during GSB / SW event in Latvia is thriving to provide easy & affordable way to support blind communities, by giving them easy access to 3D digital tactile layouts. We want to apply rising 3D printing technology to mass-produce tactile books and make them more available.

1st Runner Up: househive

2nd Runner Up: Menehune Hat Clip

 

The Disruptors & Big Ideas Track

Winner: LiftSync (Tampa, FL, USA)

LiftSync is a tech fitness company focused on transcending the barriers of fitness. Founded by Matt, Pat, and Mariner, the idea hits close to home with all three feeling as if they have not seen the proper progress in the gym. The team has a wide breadth of knowledge from electrical engineering to entrepreneurship and finance. The LiftSync team placed 1st in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay and has received support from the Lowth Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa.

1st Runner Up: Entaro Crowdsourcing Tourism

2nd Runner Up: Handoff

 

The Startup Women Track

Winner: househive (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

househive is an online platform for your local neighborhood to leverage the collective purchasing power by bundling common household services. We help organize you and your close neighbours, find common services, package up the service requests and connect you with the best local service providers in your community. Ideal for busy professionals living in apartment buildings, find out who’s already working in your building, share the service provider with your neighbours and everyone saves!

1st Runner Up: Floop

2nd Runner Up: Giftr

 

The Mobile Growth Track

Winner: UGO (New York City, NY, USA)

Have you ever went to swipe into the subway to find that you have insufficient funds as you watch your train leave? You go to try and quickly refill your card at the machine only to be hit with a massive line of people as you realize you will now wait another 30 minutes for the next train… We are creating a mobile application where someone can update their metro card anytime and anywhere, never again will you miss a train or bus with uGO!

1st Runner Up: ArtSmartPDX

2nd Runner Up: Click Remote

 

The Education Through Video & Beyond Track

Winner 1 (tied): Floop (Seattle, WA, USA)

Educators know that feedback is key to student learning. Floop is a digital platform that allows educators to provide timely, quality feedback on paper assignments. Students take a picture of their work using the app. Teachers access student work on Floop, drag and drop comments from a pre-populated bank of feedback aligned with standards, and add personalized written and audio comments. Students can instantly view feedback and respond, completing the loop and promoting dialogue.

 

Winner 2 (tied): Modern History (Cincinnati, OH, USA)

Kate Bachman and Emilie Kilfoil, high school juniors, recognized the necessity for a product that connects current events with history lessons taught in the classroom. They worked with a team of 5 others to create a search database called Modern History to do precisely that. Modern History reveals the connections between past and present events via an interactive website, promoting a more thorough understanding of modern conflicts and thus improving problem-solving skills.

 

The Open Track

Winner: Business Toybox (Albuquerque, NM, USA)

The idea behind business toybox is really simple. As much as I love the business model canvas, I noticed that people without a background in business development didn’t really get how it worked. So, how do you make business model generation easier for first-time entrepreneurs?

Well, let’s try turning it into a game.

That’s what business toxbox is. A gamified web app for building business models.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Global Startup Battle and the innovators around the world!

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How Hackathons Helped Us Build a Company with 50 Employees in Just 18 Months

Originally posted on Medium

As Thanksgiving came by this year, it reminded me about all the wonderful things for which I’m thankful, from my family and friends to the amazing team that built Branch. It’s hard to believe that just 18 months ago there were just four of us, alternating between squatting on campus to attending every available hackathon so that we could exchange ideas with other teams struggling to grow their app businesses. Today, have a team of 50 and our SDK is in thousands of apps like Pinterest, Buzzfeed and Instacart. We went from handling 0 to 900 million users in such a short period of time by helping developers grow their apps and deliver better user experiences.

How did we do it? Many of the things that helped us grow fast are lessons we learned from our early days going to hackathons.

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From Angelhack, to the Stanford BigHack, to Launch to the Techcrunch Hackathon, we have attended them all. Here are the things we learned while building prototypes and becoming a team:

Good enough is better than perfect. By forcing yourself to do a hackathon, you have a limited amount of time to build something. This forces you to build quickly and get something complete, even if it’s not perfect. While that may not be what you ultimately release, you’ll be amazed at how much progress happens in a day when your team is focused. Moreover, if you keep practicing your execution will improve over time.

Just start building. Instead of roadmapping all your products, sometimes it’s good to force yourself to committing to a hackathon, during which you’ll build an initial rev. Sure, you’ll have to redo it, but it’s a start in the right direction. And if you fail, keep going and keep building, as my co-founder Alex writes about in his post on our company inception.

Team building and different perspectives: Hackathons force you to think about things more deeply and in a different light (and with different viewpoints) than you’d normally get in everyday work. That’s because you’re not focused on your existing projects or KPIs, so you get to form new teams with different people to achieve a different type of task. We believe in this so much that Branch now has started internal hackathons. By having people work together who otherwise never interact, we force new ideas and perspectives that exponentially accelerate the progress of an idea.

This process helped us transition from building prototypes to building our first product, an app called Kindred Photobooks. Applying this same process to building and growing Kindred, we were able to abstract learnings as app developers that formed the idea for Branch.

Putting partners first: Our growth would have not happened without partners. We call app developers that use Branch partners instead of clients, because we actually see what we do as a collaboration. Together we are building products that help improve mobile growth and makes in-app content more discoverable, making links to app content behave like the web. Having partners reminds us every day how grateful we are they use our service.

Sure, Branch has thousands of partners now. In the early days our partners helped provide invaluable feedback and new ideas that helped the product improve dramatically over time. We will forever be grateful to early partners like Vango and Gogobot, whose support and feedback helped us make our product better.

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It’s also important to note that being a partner doesn’t end with incredible support times or prioritized feature requests. To us it means supporting our partners’ products (our first piece of office art was bought on Vango, our first partner, we use Instacart for all our office deliveries and book our rooms when we travel with Hotel Tonight) and helping build a mobile growth community so that they can also have a place to discuss and test new ideas like we did at hackathons.

Building a team— using forcing functions: When I look at how we moved so fast, I know that we couldn’t have done it without the right team. It starts with understanding how we built our founding team and how we tried to keep the same culture as we grew to 50.

We formed as a team in a d.school class at Stanford called Launchpad with a very different idea — Fitbit for Dogs. We iterated quickly, built a product, made $2k in pre-sales and abandoned the idea at the end of 10 weeks when we realized it wasn’t the right one for us. But going from ideation to building and selling a hardware product in 10 weeks does something amazing to a group of strangers — it made us into a team.

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This experience helped us as we moved through new ideas, launching the Kindred Photobooks app and creating Branch from that experience. Adding deadlines and external pressure to launch forced us to work quickly,learn how to adapt, distribute tasks efficiently and quickly get to a result. As we grew the team, we continued to apply these lessons by attending hackathons as a team initially and creating our internal hackathons to test new products we want to launch into the market.

The other important part in building a great team is transparency. When we were small, we started by sharing our calendars and having meetings where we were very upfront about what we could do to change or to make the team better. Now, it means we create email groups for each team within Branch that is CCed on most internal and external communication that anyone can subscribe to. It means we present the board slides to the whole company and that every other Monday each team goes through their KPIs to share their accomplishments with the company.

Execution:

Lastly, growing fast comes down to execution. And building things fast has become what we do best. We plan fast and we focus and making things happen even faster. We learned how to delegate and prioritize in those early days spent at hackathons and today, when our team is a bit larger we try to keep the same spirit. That means we don’t say no to ideas very often — we usually try everything and measure it — from new features, to new marketing campaigns, to side projects to help developers grow. We then measure the results and decide to stop or double down on an initiative and keep going.

Conclusion

After 18 months, we are still early. We have a lot of learning and growing to still do, but for those out there trying to start something, I suggest building a small team and going to hackathons, and to just start building things. There is no better way to learn how to build a team and execute fast than the forcing mechanism of having to bring something to life in what seems like an impossibly short amount of time. You’ll be surprised with what you can accomplish.

 








GSB 2015 Finalists: Great in the Making Track

Great things are being made! After over 230 Startup Weekends in over 60 countries and a week of earning votes, these teams are moving on to the final round of the Great In The Making Track, made great by Mr. Coffee.

Take a look at the companies below and let us know who you think should win!

 

Menehune Hat Clip

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Can elementary school kids change the world? We think so. Buddy (12 yrs old), Koko (10 yrs old) and Kyndra (6 yrs old) created a revolutionary GoPro camera mount that doesn’t require a bulky strap or destroying your hat. Once we created our final prototype and beta tested it we realized that there are unlimited uses for our Menehune Hat Clip, far beyond hats. Please help us get through the regional round and we will prove it. Let’s inspire kidpreneurs throughout the world.

Tactile Eyesight

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We thrive to build global tactile book platform for children with visual impairment.
Tactile Eyesight – community that formed during GSB / SW event in Latvia is thriving to provide easy & affordable way to support blind communities, by giving them easy access to 3D digital tactile layouts. We want to apply rising 3D printing technology to mass-produce tactile books and make them more available.

Culitech

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We create detachable cutlery that can detect allergens, toxins, and nutritional content. Our aim is to produce health-conscious, eco-friendly, and innovative cutlery to correspond with modern, advancing lifestyles.

WooU

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WooU is an innovative and balance team. Javier Manjón and Patrick Gouraud have wide international backgrounds. Their approach is strategic and both focus on resolving business and operating issues.
Patrick has the experience of Global Market Finance and Startups in New York while Javier broadened his team and business skills on startups and consulting firms in China.

CHAL

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Have a crazy idea but feel like you’re alone with it? Don’t kill it. Record it, post it on CHAL, nominate your friends and watch it conquer the world by using our interactive maps and infographics. CHAL is the world’s first social platform that turns small challenges into powerful movements by gamifying the user experience. How about you, are you up for a CHAL?

AVA

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The only thing that changed is everything. Introducing AVA: The Garden That Grows Itself. AVA is the smartest, most efficient, and well-designed indoor gardening system that saves you time and effort.
REINVENTING GARDENING: No soil. No mess. No hassle.
REFRESHING DESIGN: Sleek and modern. Compact and modular. Device and app.
REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE: Faster growing times. Better yield. Freshest quality.

LoopLogiq

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At LoopLogiq, we are changing the way you conduct and manage your mobile workforce and off-site business. Whether your company focus is catering, remodeling, or any number of services that have employees providing a service in the field, with LoopLogiq you can now focus on the seamless flow of successful management, and finally close the loop on your logistical beast.

househive

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househive is an online platform for your local neighborhood to leverage the collective purchasing power by bundling common household services. We help organize you and your close neighbours, find common services, package up the service requests and connect you with the best local service providers in your community. Ideal for busy professionals living in apartment buildings, find out who’s already working in your building, share the service provider with your neighbours and everyone saves!

Treffi.co

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Treffi.co tackles one of most annoying problems in public transportation in developing countries. Crowdsourcing solution that connect people that are desperate to know the time of bus arrival with people who are already on the bus. By crowdsourcing the bus locations you are able to get a real-time dynamic timetables on your phone. Team behind this idea combines experiences from venture development, marketing, operations, software development, to leadership and managerial positions.

EmoJo

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Company develops and manufactures kids watch that rewards for sharing their emotional status with parents. EmoJo means fun, safety and lives for the idea of the 9 year old boy. Company had developed MVP, validated with real parents, raised capital and made sales on one weekend. Our team began with a 9 year old boy; Caluán. His mam Olivia, supported him all the way. Team designers; Thiago and Killian, Marius, William and Craig; business roles.

Share Your Passion

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Share Your Passion – the adventurous way to travel! We offer you the ultimate travel experience around a passion you share with people you don’t know yet.

Do Process

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Do Process is a mobile app that empowers workers to handle challenges like discrimination, sexual harassment, and work injuries. The Pittsburgh based @DoProcessTeam has three players. Kevin Tucker is a labor law attorney and identifies the legal areas in which workers need the most support. James Tiu, a registered patent and trademark attorney, defends the proprietary interests of Do Process. Jeff Ritter is a college professor and helps shape the app’s educational and do-it-yourself platforms.

Come Along

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Come Along is a network for traveler’s to find other travel partners and share their experience as well as their experience. Connect. Travel. Share Experiences.

FlowByte

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To check meter tampering and give value for money to Nigerians and Africans who buy petroleum products regularly, we are developing a device to accurately calculate fuel dispensed. The result will be immediately available to the user, and can be routed to an online platform. For enterprise clients, this information will generate monthly analytics.

Giftr

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Giftr is an app that uses the power of your social network to help you find and choose unique & memorable gifts. Giftr reminds you in time to start planning your gifts and helps you remember your best gift ideas. It allows you to create circles to collaborate with family & friends on gift ideas for the person you share in common, all at the best prices. We are a diverse team with all female developers based in Chicago with technical, retail and operational experience.

 

Thanks to Mr. Coffee for supporting these teams and entrepreneurs making great things in Global Startup Battle! 

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GSB 2015 Finalists: Disruptors & Big Ideas Track

We asked for the disruptors and those with big ideas, and the crowd has spoken! After over 230 Startup Weekends in over 60 countries and a week of earning votes, these are the teams are moving on to the final of of the Disruptors & Big Ideas Track, powered by Transpose. This first-rate panel of judges is now scoring these teams and we will announce a winner later this week, stay tuned!

Take a look at the companies below, watch their videos, and let us know who you think has the next the big idea!

LiftSync

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LiftSync is a tech fitness company focused on transcending the barriers of fitness. Founded by Matt, Pat, and Mariner, the idea hits close to home with all three feeling as if they have not seen the proper progress in the gym. The team has a wide breadth of knowledge from electrical engineering to entrepreneurship and finance. The LiftSync team placed 1st in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay and has received backing from the Lowth Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa.

ProteCão

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ProteCão was founded in 2015 with the main goal to settle the demand of assistive technologies for blind dogs around the world. Based on researches with blind dogs owners and veterinarians, there was noticed a huge necessity of a product that helps this segment. Therefore we developed a collar that emits signals to the dog on the case the sensors detected some obstacle, thus assuring that the animal become more independent with safety, improving its welfare.

getmyweather

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Were a rock solid team whose passionate about changing the world to make it better. We strive hard to do our best on satisfying our clients. We do believe that IOT is the future that’s why we focus our technology on IOT bases. Yet we have a minor problem we often yield at each other if ever something is not that great because were perfectionist and we watch each others back for success.

Numenu

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Over 100 million Americans have dietary restrictions. Ordering at a restaurant for this population is awkward, time consuming, not transparent, and intimidating.
NUMENU is a smarter way to order. It’s fast, less stressful, convenient, and transparent. Users are able to create a custom profile with dietary restrictions/preference. Their restaurant results populate on a map. NUMENU shows the user a customized menu with food they can eat at the top with all the ingredients and nutritional values.

uFaktory

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uFaktory is an online B2B marketplace with a mission—helping small and medium sized companies from anywhere in the world to easily find, connect, and outsource with trusted suppliers, factories, and contractors in Vietnam, the World’s Next Manufacturing Hub and a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership-the largest free trade deal in human history. uFaktory also offers uEscrow payment service which helps buyers and suppliers handling all transactions securely.

Come Along

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Come Along is a network for traveler’s to find other travel partners and share their experience as well as their experience. Connect. Travel. Share Experiences.

LoopLogiq

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At LoopLogiq, we are changing the way you conduct and manage your mobile workforce and off-site business. Whether your company focus is catering, remodeling, or any number of services that have employees providing a service in the field, with LoopLogiq you can now focus on the seamless flow of successful management, and finally close the loop on your logistical beast.

PlaytoGather

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We intend to do for Hobby Board Games what Kindle did for books. An industry aproaching $1B, Hobby Gaming has a year on year growth average of over 15%.
Almost every Hobby Gamer that we interviewed said that the main reason they play games is to have fun with their friends, but the analog board & pieces mean that too much time is spent learning the rules, setting up, & putting away games. Further, Game Makers are missing valuable customer insights, & don’t have data on usage or exposure.

Allergy Managers

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We’re a team of students and professionals who joined forces and won the Swansea Startup Weekend 2015. We’ve created Allergy Manager, a multi platform app that helps people with food allergies shop and eat with peace of mind. Allergy Manager allows the users to select the allergies they suffer from, scan the barcode on the food package and be alerted of the presence of any allergens. AM has a forum in development as we aim to build a strong community that will affect change in the food industry.

Do Process

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Do Process is a mobile app that empowers workers to handle challenges like discrimination, sexual harassment, and work injuries. The Pittsburgh based @DoProcessTeam has three players. Kevin Tucker is a labor law attorney and identifies the legal areas in which workers need the most support. James Tiu, a registered patent and trademark attorney, defends the proprietary interests of Do Process. Jeff Ritter is a college professor and helps shape the app’s educational and do-it-yourself platforms.

Entaro Crowdsourcing Tourism

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Entaro is a platform for locals to share their information, suggest activities, and even create tours for travelers. We help crowd source tourism information. Entaro helps locals curate and translate all of their insight and suggests gives travelers in depth and up to date tourism information. Go a little deeper and create a tour. Entaro becomes the de facto tourism guide for places that can`t create their own guides and offers more in depth information for other places.

Reflect

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Reflect is a SaaS platform that tracks real-time activity targeted towards the elderly (+65). Leveraging existing technology, Reflect synthesizes sensor information and translates them to actionable health-focused insights. Caregivers can ensure that end users are maintaining an active lifestyle—such as walking on a regular basis, getting the proper amount of sleep, meeting pre-determined goals and with the addition of a built-in fall detection device, users also receive an immediate alerts.

Handoff

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Even in a digital world, most hospitals still use an outdated pager system to coordinate patient care between attending physicians, nurses, and front desk administrators. This creates confusion as well as a delay in administering care—ultimately hurting the patients that the healthcare system exists to protect. Handoff is a free, HIPAA-compliant messaging platform that solves these roadblocks to consistent attention, putting patients back at the center of the healthcare system.

ReferHealth

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ReferHealth is an online platform for complementary medicine practitioners to easily refer patients to each other. Collaboration is a major pain point as the tools used for referrals and scheduling are usually paper-based, archaic, and insecure. ReferHealth solves these pain points by creating an easy, secure, referrer network. Over 75% of those surveyed were willing to pay over $500/year for an integrated scheduling service.

Invimma

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Invimma is an instant video mobile messaging application that allows a user to send a video right after a missed call. Gone are the days of having to sit through a long greeting to leave a voicemail. With Invimma you can instantly send a video and receive a notification when it is received. With built in analytics, Invimma can help your company shine by showing who is really interested in what you have to say. For families, it provides a greater way to connect. Join Invimma today!

 

Thank you to Transpose for powering disruptors and their big ideas!

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GSB 2015 Finalists: Mobile Growth Track

Check out the finalists of the Mobile Growth Track! After over 230 Startup Weekends in over 60 countries and a week of earning votes, these teams are moving on to the next round of the Mobile Growth Track! This awesome panel of judges is now scoring these teams and a winner will be named later this week.

Check out the teams below, who do you think should be crowned champion?

Invimma

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Invimma is an instant video mobile messaging application that allows a user to send a video right after a missed call. Gone are the days of having to sit through a long greeting to leave a voicemail. With Invimma you can instantly send a video and receive a notification when it is received. With built in analytics, Invimma can help your company shine by showing who is really interested in what you have to say. For families, it provides a greater way to connect. Join Invimma today!

The Bridal Network

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The bridal network is a new social network platform in which brides-to-be can communicate, share and interact, in order to plan their weddings. It also connects them with wedding vendors to give them the best wedding experience, all under one roof.

Riff Square

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RiffSquare is a six people group who has in common the passion for music and arts. Nicola is the leading ideator and the programmer of the app. Annalisa is the grafic designer and creative director. Gabriele is the Social media manager with skills in commercial comunication. Clara is the crowdfunding responsable. Responsable to find the main competitors. Samuel is the music manager and talent scout. Paolo is the project market manager for lobbying and key partners.

UGO

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Have you ever went to swipe into the subway to find that you have insufficient funds as you watch your train leave? You go to try and quickly refill your card at the machine only to be hit with a massive line of people as you realize you will now wait another 30 minutes for the next train… We are creating a mobile application where someone can update their metro card anytime and anywhere, never again will you miss a train or bus with uGO!

Click Remote

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The way people watch TV is about to change. We want to make TV watching experience more simple and interactive. So we’ve developed an app that will control your TV from your phone and more. Our team consists of extraordinary people who are great in their own field. We have app developer, web developer, designer, marketer and a business developer who have experience in Media research. We are united by our drive to improve how people watch TV and we are passionate about the media business.

Baby Book on the go

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BaBy Book on the go is an easy to use application that allows parents to create, store and securely share all the precious moments of their child’s life. It serves as a reminder of upcoming moments like the first bath or the first steps.

ZoneOut HeadGear

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We design, deploy headphones that can detect when someone is asleep or awake. We use sensors to detect the position of a user’s head is in and based on that we lower or increase the volume. There are several applications for this for example this can be used by night drivers. Right now our focus market is students. Students want a vibrating headphone that can keep them awake.

ArtSmartPDX

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ArtSmartPDX is a tinder style app that lets artists upload and price their work in app, and lets users in each city swipe left or right on affordable art pieces. If the art is in the user’s price range, “It’s a match!” This app will launch in Portland, Oregon where the local art scene drives our city’s culture, yet many talented artists go undiscovered. ArtSmartPDX gamifies the art scene while exposing people to local art and matching them to art they can afford.

ALDY

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Albergo diffuso is a new kind of accommodation for tourists. It is a hotel spread across different buildings, located in a town which can be up to 300m from the central property, the hotel reception. We would like to create a network among all Albergo diffuso (spread hotel) all over the world and we call it: ALDY! Promoting Spread hotel to all potenti al users, we increase customers number and incentivize low season travel. These hotels pay to join the network.

nLine

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We’re a mobile application that virtually holds your place without you having to stand in line

Thanks to Branch Metrics for supporting the teams of the Mobile Growth Track!

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GSB 2015 Finalists: The Innovators Track

After over 230 Startup Weekends in over 60 countries and a week of earning votes, these teams are moving on to the final round of the Innovators Track, powered by .CO! This awesome panel of judges is now scoring these teams and a winner will be named later this week.

Check out the teams, watch their videos, and tell us who you think should win in the comments below!

Watch Agent

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“Enhanced Siri” for Apple Watch and iPhone that you can ask for whatever you want, like “Get me sushi for 5 people” or “Send a taxi to pick me up” and our agents & smart automation will take care of it on your behalf.

LiftSync

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LiftSync is a tech fitness company focused on transcending the barriers of fitness. Founded by Matt, Pat, and Mariner, the idea hits close to home with all three feeling as if they have not seen the proper progress in the gym. The team has a wide breadth of knowledge from electrical engineering to entrepreneurship and finance. The LiftSync team placed 1st in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay and has received backing from the Lowth Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa.

Smart Case

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Our diverse team includes 3 Engineers, 4 Marketing Specialist, and 1 Designer. Although we all have different background we are able to work together as a team to accomplish our goals. Our team comes from multiple countries around the world including Bangladesh, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. We have enjoyed our journey during startup weekend, and look forward to working with each other in the future.

Menehune Hat Clip

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Can elementary school kids change the world? We think so. Buddy (12 yrs old), Koko (10 yrs old) and Kyndra (6 yrs old) created a revolutionary GoPro camera mount that doesn’t require a bulky strap or destroying your hat. Once we created our final prototype and beta tested it we realized that there are unlimited uses for our Menehune Hat Clip, far beyond hats. Please help us get through the regional round and we will prove it. Let’s inspire kidpreneurs throughout the world.

Campfire

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Campfire is a platform that provides an immersive experience around language, learning, and play, while getting screens OUT of the way. As the user reads a story, Campfire listens to what the they say, and pulls the atmosphere and elements from the story into their room, using bluetooth lights and speakers placed around them. We are introducing an entirely new content format, allowing authors and publishers a new revenue stream, which they can self-publish using our simple web tool.

Memorable

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From a group of one front-end hipster, one back-end master, and one hungry hustler, we built a team with 6 more backpackers & tech nomads, convinced that travel discovery needs change. We’re building Rotten Tomatoes for travel. Memorable transforms the massive amount of online travel info into a selection of the freshest highlights. The Memorable experience is powered by text-processing of travel blogs, newspapers and guides, and contextualization through user preference, weather, and date.

HirePower

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HirePower is Moneyball for resume screening. Resume screening sucks — it takes forever, and doesn’t find the right candidates — on average each screener takes only 30 seconds per resume. We use algorithms to find the best candidates for your business and show only their resumes, meaning you only have to review the best of the best. Our product pays for itself if it reduces screening time by 6%, and we already have inbound interest from major consulting firms.

FlowByte

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To check meter tampering and give value for money to Nigerians and Africans who buy petroleum products regularly, we are developing a device to accurately calculate fuel dispensed. The result will be immediately available to the user, and can be routed to an online platform. For enterprise clients, this information will generate monthly analytics.

Glow

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We are modernizing first impressions with employers. Cover letters and resumes are boring and do nothing to demonstrate the personality of a candidate. Glow solves this problem by introducing video into the recruitment process. Hire like never before.

Kwine

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KWINE will keep track of all the public buses and alert authorities if they do not conclude with a set route. Will also inform passengers on the location and arrival time of the buses the bus station.

Floop

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Educators know that feedback is key to student learning. Floop is a digital platform that allows educators to provide timely, quality feedback on paper assignments. Students take a picture of their work using the app. Teachers access student work on Floop, drag and drop comments from a pre-populated bank of feedback aligned with standards, and add personalized written and audio comments. Students can instantly view feedback and respond, completing the loop and promoting dialogue.

Culitech

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We create detachable cutlery that can detect allergens, toxins, and nutritional content. Our aim is to produce health-conscious, eco-friendly, and innovative cutlery to correspond with modern, advancing lifestyles.

WooU

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WooU is the only one stop shop platform for both hosts and travelers providing UNIQUE, LOCAL & CONNECTED Premium Experiences when traveling abroad.

FosterFoods

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Welcome to FosterFoods, a digital marketplace that enables grocery stores to post classified ads for food approaching end of life. By pushing these sales to a community of local buyers, we give surplus foods a second home, and recover revenue for grocery stores

Draft Madness

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Draft Madness is a revolutionary online platform that provides a new way to play March Madness fantasy sports. Instead of getting knocked out if your bracket gets busted, you can now pick multiple teams and win money every time one of your teams advances to the next round. Then, after the draft has started, you can buy and sell teams with your friends to make even more money.

Thank you to .CO for powering the ideas of these teams in GSB! 

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GSB 2015 Finalists: Startup Women Track

Congratulations to the following teams, after over 230 Startup Weekends in over 60 countries and a week of earning votes, these are the teams still in contention to win the Startup Women Track! A rockstar panel of judges is now scoring these teams and later this week we will announce the winner.

Take a minute to check out what each of these companies is up to, watch their video, and tell us who you think should win in the comments!

Giftr

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Giftr is an app that uses the power of your social network to help you find and choose unique & memorable gifts. Giftr reminds you in time to start planning your gifts and helps you remember your best gift ideas. It allows you to create circles to collaborate with family & friends on gift ideas for the person you share in common, all at the best prices. We are a diverse team with all female developers based in Chicago with technical, retail and operational experience.

Fashion Ghost

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Fashion Ghost is a mobile app that makes your fashion frustrations a thing of the past. Our aim? To create a fashion savvy community and allow the fashion industry to better understand our needs. How it works: Users upload photos of their outfit choices to get feedback from other users, stylists and Fashion Ghosts who vote for their favourite and post comments to help you look your best.

Cinamundi

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Cinamundi selects and provides movies on demand to help you learn, practice and enjoy languages. We help you choose which movies to watch based on your skill level, and let you choose subtitles. By immersing yourself, your learning will be more effective and you’ll experience the language in a real setting beyond just theory. We offer monthly subscriptions for one or multiple languages. Our team of 6 includes 3 nationalities, 8 languages, and a whole lot of enthusiasm!

F.O.D. Friends of Deaf

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F.O.D. Friends of Deaf won the True Innovation and People’s Project Prizes at StartUp Weekend Bolzano. We developed a device and an App which have same scope; helping deaf people while driving showing them light signals when the sensor (microphone) reveals an ambulance/police or car horn signal.

UniRanking

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You do not know where to study? Looking opinions of students? Do you want to rate your university? With UniRanking it never has been easier to make such a difficult decision! At the time you end you school you are supposed to choose the college which adapts you the most. Uniranking allows you to choose the university that adapts you the most depending on the location, the prize, the dates, and the ratings of alumnis.

Antojitos

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Antojitos is the friendly app which tries to help you with the every meal decision-making question: What/Where to eat. Antojitos learns your meal preferences by showing you food photos, so when the time to eat has arrived, the app can suggest relevant restaurant alternatives which consider your food likes, your location and other convenience factors. Our mission is to get everyone to enjoy their food and be informed on what they are eating, let’s make everyone happier!

HoneyHomes

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Honeybees are critical to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, our honeybee populations are diminishing. Commercial beekeeping practices poison and stress our honeybees. The answer lies in urban and small scale beekeeping. HoneyHomes seeks to empower our community to promote the health and survival of our pollinators by providing a hands-on educational experience in organic urban beekeeping. We have developed a program to make the urban beekeeping more accessible to our community.

Pluto Money

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Pluto is the mobile app that uncovers your hidden money so you can achieve the goals that matter to you. Pluto makes you aware of your unconscious spending habits by automatically tracking and analyzing them, and helps you improve them by tying them to your saving goals. With deep experience across behavioral economics, psychology and user-centered design on our team, we aim to help millennials turn the pain of unconscious spending into the pleasure of reaching their saving goals.

DocSyn

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DocSyn provides a confidential knowledge and communication platform exclusively for doctors, where they can connect and share knowledge, while discovering training content and conferences very relevant to their interests. There is no such platform in the United Kingdom, as all of our user interviews have validated. Doctors do not use Facebook for work, to keep social and professional life separated. They also do not use LinkedIn, as it is too dilute with other professions and not confidential.

Floop

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Educators know that feedback is key to student learning. Floop is a digital platform that allows educators to provide timely, quality feedback on paper assignments. Students take a picture of their work using the app. Teachers access student work on Floop, drag and drop comments from a pre-populated bank of feedback aligned with standards, and add personalized written and audio comments. Students can instantly view feedback and respond, completing the loop and promoting dialogue.

FastER Care

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FastER Care is a system solution to accelerate the patient registration and triage process for emergency departments. It allows you to give a report of current symptoms, past medical history, medications, and much more to the ER Triage nurse on your way to the emergency department. This system utilizes mobile application and web-based features to integrate with the hospital electronic medical record system.

Culitech

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We create detachable cutlery that can detect allergens, toxins, and nutritional content. Our aim is to produce health-conscious, eco-friendly, and innovative cutlery to correspond with modern, advancing lifestyles.

Taylor

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Taylor arms the online clothing shopper with a shopping cart that computes her perfect fit through a brand-to-size matching algorithm. This is achieved through a partnership that we anticipate forming with Tech Stars alum Fashion Metric. Revenue comes first from the customer in the form of offering tailoring services, custom clothing and other personalized shopping experiences. Once we accumulate enough usage data, we will also offer it to brands and retailers.

househive

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househive is an online platform for your local neighborhood to leverage the collective purchasing power by bundling common household services. We help organize you and your close neighbours, find common services, package up the service requests and connect you with the best local service providers in your community. Ideal for busy professionals living in apartment buildings, find out who’s already working in your building, share the service provider with your neighbours and everyone saves!

MyAngel

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MyAngel born in the Santander Startup Weekend under an idea shared by all members of the team: create a mobile app that has clear functionality for the users. Have a specific utility that solves a problem that, in this case, both the team members and all the people have had once. In MyAngel team, we are determined to give a complete, simple and satisfactory solution for our future users. Our goal: Give safety and peacefulness for you, your family, your friends… without lose your privacy by being tracked.

 

The Startup Women Track is proudly supported by the Techstars Foundation, a non-profit created to improve diversity in technology entrepreneurship by providing opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs. 

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Global Startup Battle 2015: Champions Track Finalists

Wow! Thousands of you, once again, made Global Startup Battle a huge success for this community, and the world. Thank you so much and congratulations to each participant for putting yourself out there and taking a chance on a great idea! Participants from over 60 countries across the world came to Startup weekend, pitched an idea, formed teams, created new and lasting connections, and learned how much can be accomplished in just 54 hours.

From there, many of you went on to compete in one (or more) of the Global Startup Battle tracks. Following a week of public voting and a regional judging round, we are proud to present the Top 2 teams from each of our 6 GSB regions. These teams were selected by compiling their final vote rank, with the scores given by judges from their region.

The following 12 teams have passed their regional round and are now competing at the global level. Our awesomely talented and renowned Championship Track judges will now be scoring these teams. The final ranking for the Championships Track, and all other tracks, will be announced later this week. So stay tuned!

Bravo and awesome job to the following teams:

 

APAC

 

Genesis AR

We’re passionate gamers who love collectible card games. And we came to the Global Startup Battle 2015 with one goal – to revolutionise card gaming! We want to give gamers the opportunity to play their cards in real life, but give them the power, flexibility, and control of modern smartphones and apps.

Feaglett

We are focusing on enhance the customer services platform built by the companies around the world. We are building a platform that will gather all the companies’ customer service on single platform that can be easily access by smartphone users so that their problems can be solved faster, less time consuming and accurately.

 

Europe

 

SyncrHome

SyncrHome is a french start-up built around a strong belief : the belief that technology and design reunited can change people’s lives. It is based on this belief, that we made our first product: Woodee. We have come up with a solution that will enable you to be connected to your network with one touch. Woodee is extremely simple. When you receive your Woodee you only have to configure it once, with our dedicated app. Then anyone who will put his phone on Woodee will be immediately connected.

 

Caleche

Ever experienced a painful surge on Uber? Opened your favorite taxi app and no cabs were around? We did, and that’s why we created Caleche.

Caleche is a unique app that allows you to access all cab services around. Just put the destination you would like to go, and we will algo-handpick for you the cheapest and the closest cab around, as well as some funkier stuff…

Behind this? A diverse group of dev and biz people from Google, Amazon, BBC and Dataiku

 

Latam and Caribbean

 

FIX-IT

The FIX-IT brings a new concept in orthotics. Moldable, (just need to be placed in warm water for a few seconds and is ready to be molded into the handle), airy, hygienic, wettable, beautiful, and most importantly, better functionally, since you need not be removing the orthosis (which slows down processing) and that it can be shaped according to the specific characteristics of each lesion (which makes the treatment more efficient)! Our business model is the B2B, where we will sell to retailers.

 

ProteCão

ProteCão was founded in 2015 with the main goal to settle the demand of assistive technologies for blind dogs around the world. Based on researches with blind dogs owners and veterinarians, there was noticed a huge necessity of a product that helps this segment. Therefore we developed a collar that emits signals to the dog on the case the sensors detected some obstacle, thus assuring that the animal become more independent with safety, improving its welfare.

 

Middle East and Africa

 

FlowByte

To check meter tampering and give value for money to Nigerians and Africans who buy petroleum products regularly, we are developing a device to accurately calculate fuel dispensed.

The result will be immediately available to the user, and can be routed to an online platform. For enterprise clients, this information will generate monthly analytics.

 

MyPaymart

Paymart is a simple, fast, & secure third-party escrow service enabling eCommerce with anyone, anywhere in Nigeria. With Paymart, businesses can announce sales to multiple channels AND also collect all sales payment into a single portal without any coding, no setups, integration, or even own a website. Our unique proposition is initiating payment processing for a product right from the Facebook page or timeline, or Twitter feed, or Instagram comment, or SMS, or even over a phone call.

 

US Central and East

 

HoneyHomes

Honeybees are critical to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, our honeybee populations are diminishing. Commercial beekeeping practices poison and stress our honeybees. The answer lies in urban and small scale beekeeping. HoneyHomes seeks to empower our community to promote the health and survival of our pollinators by providing a hands-on educational experience in organic urban beekeeping. We have developed a program to make the urban beekeeping more accessible to our community.

 

LiftSync

LiftSync is a tech fitness company focused on transcending the barriers of fitness. Founded by Matt, Pat, and Mariner, the idea hits close to home with all three feeling as if they have not seen the proper progress in the gym. The team has a wide breadth of knowledge from electrical engineering to entrepreneurship and finance. The LiftSync team placed 1st in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay and has received backing from the Lowth Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa.

 

US WEST and Canada

 

Menehune Hat Clip

Can elementary school kids change the world? We think so. Buddy (12 yrs old), Koko (10 yrs old) and Kyndra (6 yrs old) created a revolutionary GoPro camera mount that doesn’t require a bulky strap or destroying your hat. Once we created our final prototype and beta tested it we realized that there are unlimited uses for our Menehune Hat Clip, far beyond hats. Let’s inspire kidpreneurs throughout the world.

 

Floop

Educators know that feedback is key to student learning. Floop is a digital platform that allows educators to provide timely, quality feedback on paper assignments. Students take a picture of their work using the app. Teachers access student work on Floop, drag and drop comments from a pre-populated bank of feedback aligned with standards, and add personalized written and audio comments. Students can instantly view feedback and respond, completing the loop and promoting dialogue.

 

Stay tuned for the winner announcement and follow the conversation online with #GSB2015!

 








GSB 2015 Finalists: The Open Track

This year, for the first time ever, we unlocked Global Startup Battle! incorporate.com  proudly sponsored the Open Track: a brand new way for startups from all around the world to compete in GSB, no matter where they’re from or how they started!  

We would like to congratulate the top three teams that are still in contention to win the Open Track. Our panel of judges is now scoring these teams and will announce a winner later this week.

Take a look at what each of these businesses is doing, watch their video, and tell us who you think should win in the comments below.

 

SpatialWits

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The SpatialWits team comprises of the three co-founders of the ALMGames VFX and mobile app development company in Iran as the core group, who came up with the idea and initiated the project. Alireza Ranjbar Shourabi is acting as overall team leader, Behnam Bashokooh as business development and Behzad Rajabipor as graphics team leader. The core team is supported by a neuroscientist Ph.D. student, front-end and back-end developers and graphics specialists, who support the team on an ad-hoc basis.

 

Business Toybox

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The idea behind business toybox is really simple. As much as I love the business model canvas, I noticed that people without a background in business development didn’t really get how it worked. So, how do you make business model generation easier for first-time entrepreneurs? Well, let’s try turning it into a game. That’s what business toxbox is. A gamified web app for building business models.

 

Aligned Education

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Aligned Education transforms the way we think about and do education. We teach/coach students, parents, caregivers, educators and service providers who work/play/interact with kids on the autism spectrum, with ADD/ADHD or who are otherwise considered “intense,” through accessible webinars and other online resources. Our play/work focuses on inclusion and inner strength, not limited to: Nurtured Heart Approach®, Integral Theory, Montessori and other contemplative practices/education.