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.
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