Today it was announced that Neustar, a publicly traded company based in Sterling, Va., that provides real-time information and analytics, has agreed to acquire .CO Internet S.A.S., which is the exclusive operator of the worldwide registry for Internet addresses with the “.co” top-level domain.
.CO has been a huge part of the UP Global community providing domain names to all Startup Weekend participants and free resources to support startup growth. They’re one of the hardest working groups out there and if you’ve ever been to an event or used their product, you know how well they take care of their customers and entrepreneurial community.
CEO Juan Diego Calle shared in the company’s blog that “it’s onward and upward for .CO”. Since .CO Internet’s global launch in 2010, names under management for .co have grown to more than 1.6 million in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
.CO’s dedication to entrepreneurs and startups is second to none. Just this past month, they supported Startup Weekend teams and community at LAUNCH Festival in San Francisco. The .CO Pavilion featured 4 Startup Weekend teams (see below).
RV Sherpa – Started by John Alexander at a Startup Weekend during Global Startup Battle, RV Sherpa is the ‘AirBnB of RV’s”. John is a longtime Organizer and Facilitator and is now on the other side of the equation as he seeks to make RV Sherpa a big success.
TinkerED – A team from one of our Startup Weekend Education events, TinkerED was founded by Suzy (teacher_suzy) on Twitter to solve one of her own pain points. TinkerED helps EdTech startups with teachers to shape the future of tech in our schools.
Visionboards – Global Startup Battle Team, VisionBoards were the winners of .CO’s Innovators Circle. Stephanie and Natalia have been working hard for months to meet demand for their product and were able to meet with several big names during LAUNCH including Mark Cuban and the founder of LivingSocial.
Amazi – Amazi actually means water in Rwanda. Founded by Crystal Plew, Amazi hopes to put existing services to better use to reduce plastic waste on our planet. Her company’s business model includes supplying water to those in need and educating people on not only where to get water to refill their containers around them, but also detailed information on water safety and the best sources.
After tons of hard work and thousands of votes, we have our official top 15 teams for the Innovator’s Circle Powered By .CO!
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 .CO, including a team trip to Paris or San Francisco, Google Hangouts with experts, and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Innovator’s Circle winner on December 16th.
Qdoc | Cordoba, Argentina – A web service where patients can find information and reviews about doctors, given by other patients.
BIZSTAMP | Accra, Ghana – E-stamping application that offers authentication.
WuuGames | Prishtina, Kosovo – A cross-platform 3D games with amazing game-play, great design and storyline that you will fall in love with.
BikeBed | Cordoba, Spain – We offer cyclists a safe and cheap place to store their bike.
Event Angles | Hyderabad, India – A website intended to act as platform for connecting event organizers with the event sponsors.
ReStory | Grenoble, France – An online safe-place for your memories.
coTrain | Bangalore, India – Looking for a sports partner or workout buddy? Now, find somebody through your work, community or social network to play with in one click.
Eventfe | Sanaa, Yemen – An application and website that lets you know all the events that happen around you.
VisionBoards | Detroit, Michigan – An e-commerce-enabled platform that allows users to easily create, print and share custom vision boards and other self-empowerment tools.
AppNight | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain – A smartphone application aimed at enhancing social relationships among nightlife venues customers.
Kitsnap | Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Bringing photos people share in different places (Facebook, Twitter, G+, or Flickr) and put them into one place.
Optics4Africa | Accra, Ghana – Connecting Africa to the rest of the world through data.
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.
My Universe | Helsinki, Finland – A cool visual social app for chatting and social networking.
Griflens | Toronto, Ontario – An entertainment and educational platform that spans online and offline worlds by combining physical, collectible beads with online interactive storytelling.
VirtualQ | Stuttgart, Germany – An app which virtualizes the queue in front of clubs and at events.
AreWeOpen | Des Moines, Iowa – An Internet-connected, “Open” sign for businesses who are open, “8 to close”.
Dress Me | Baghdad, Iraq – Augmented reality dressing rooms to help you choose your most suitable outfit, without having to actually try your clothes on.
APPartamelo.co | Barranquilla, Colombia – The easiest way to find your apartment.
Q-Health | Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Virtual queue check-in and notification system for healthcare facilities.
We’re thrilled to announce that .CO will be supporting Global Startup Battle (GSB) this year. In addition to having the opportunity to build their ideas on a .CO domain through .CO’s Global Sponsorship offer, entrepreneurs participating in GSB will also have the chance to win some amazing prizes!
All teams participating in GSB who build their idea on a .CO are eligible to join the .CO Innovator’s Circle for a chance to win a trip to Paris to attend Europe’s premier technology conference, LeWeb or to San Francisco for Eric Reis’ Lean Startup Conference. The choice is yours! Find out more about GSB and the .CO Innovator’s Circle here.
Join UP Global (UP.co), SW Next (swnext.co), and Global Startup Battle (globalstartupbattle.co) by building your idea on the web address where the world’s innovators, entrepreneurs and brands come together to build and grow their ideas and organizations online. Trust us, with .CO, you’ll get much more than just a domain – you’ll gain access to all perks and benefits that come with having a .CO!
What are you waiting for? Join the Global Startup Battle today!