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On Friday evening around fifty entrepreneurs gathered at H-Farms office just outside of Venice Italy and pitched 28 ideas.  Of those 28 ideas 7 were chosen and work began first thing Saturday morning.  On Sunday all 7 teams presented their ideas and GoWar was chosen as the winner.  H-Farm gave €3,000 to GoWar as well as office space in a trailer in their parking lot for one month with air conditioning.  GoWar is to An iPhone app that is like RISK, it uses the Gowalla API and allows users to declare war on other locations.  Conquer Gowalla spots, declare war on your neighbors, build your empire.  If the team proves to be successful they have a chance to move into the offices within H-Farm’s campus.

What does H-Farm do for startups? H-Farm provides unique support to start-ups, from capital resources to a full range of of services and logistics to enable rapid growth. They invest in selected ideas, providing capital support from the seed throughout the early stage.  Incubator services include office space and facilities and support for marketing, financial advice, human resources, legal, accounting and business development. Most importantly, H-Farm provides advice on strategy, branding and corporate structure.  Since its founding, all of H-Farm’s start-ups have become innovative companies and several have already had successful exits.

GoWar’s humble office space.  (With A/C)

Teams from Venice Startup Weekend:

1.) GoWar – An iPhone app that is like RISK, it uses the Gowalla API and allows users to declare war on other locations.  Conquer Gowalla spots, declare war on your neighbors, build your empire. (Won €3,000 as well as one month of incubation in a air conditioned trailer)

2.) Greenpluggers – Lets people take control of their electricity consumption and aims to build the greatest energy savers social network. (Won one month of incubation in a trailer without air conditioning.)

3.) Plashion.com – An application that allows users to take a picture of their clothing and lets a users friends to post feedback if they like it or not. (Won one month of incubation in a trailer without air conditioning.)

4.) Aramble.com – A mobile app that allows users to view and edit the floor plan of a supermarket.  Users can quickly locate where a product is located in a store.  For example a user can search for apples and see the location of the apples within the store.

5.) Branda – Mobile app that helps a user to locate things around them.  Offers can range from an offer from a bar or a product in a store.  The concept is to learn the users behavior, as well as location to suggest things that a user likes given their taste and location.

6.) Hamlet – A friend, providing solutions when you need them.  A social web application to ask questions and get answers via crowd sourcing.  Basis of the application is the book “The Wisdom of Crowds” by James Surowiecki.

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