Prepárate para la Global Startup Battle con Pawly, Ganador del 2013

Global Startup Battle (GSB), es la competencia más grande de startups en el mundo, y viene a una ciudad cerca a tí. Con más de 15,000 participantes en 2013 de más de 40 países, la emoción por el evento de este año se comienza a sentir. 

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Mientras te preparas para la batalla del 2014, le preguntamos al equipo ganador del año pasado qué es lo que se requiere para ganar esta competencia global.

Conoce a Mayer Elharar, CEO y Co-Fundador de la compañía Pawly, basada en Toronto, la cual creó un juguete interactivo para mascotas, ideal para dueños viajeros. Ellos son nuestros Grandes Campeones de GSB 2013, evento patrocinado por Google For Entrepreneurs.

El equipo de Pawly’s tomo una idea de producto innovadora y buscó la ayuda de extraños en las calles para derrotar a un poco menos de 1,000 startups a nivel global. Como campeones de 2013, recibieron 20,000 dólares en fondos, una visita a las oficinas de Google en Silicon Valley, un hangout emprendedor-celebridad en Google+, cobertura de prensa y soporte.

Un año después, el software de Pawly continúa desarrollándose y rompiendo esquemas en robótica para el consumidor. Actualmente es fondeada en Indegogo con una meta de 80 mil dólares.

Global Startup Battle, Pawly, Startup Weekend

Global Startup Battle, Pawly, Startup Weekend

Todos queremos ganar la batalla más grande de emprendimiento del mundo. En donde puedes probarte a ti mismo como el maestro de todas las cosas startup. Aquí te dejamos algunos tips estratégicos para alistar a tu equipo para el evento. Oh, ¿no te has registrado?

Mayer nos comparte sus consejos para ganar este año:

1. Trabaja hasta que más no puedas.

Cada uno de ustedes puede ser el próximo ganador de la Global Startup Battle. Sí, así como se lee. Yo no lo creía, pero ¡nosotros ganamos!

Sin embargo, tienes que trabajar. Mucho. Un día, estás perdiendo la batalla, el siguiente, estás como número uno. Esfuérzate hasta el último día. Después de todo ese trabajo arduo, ganarás. GSB es una preparación para la vida que te espera como emprendedor – muchos sube y baja. Recuerda la meta y trabaja aún más el día que sigue. Si ganas, tendrás una oportunidad única en la vida.

2. Habla con extraños.

Un aspecto importante que hay que entender es la validación del mercado – ¿existe interés del público en tu producto? ¿Lo comprarían?

Para ganar GSB, fuimos analizados por un panel de expertos. Únicamente los equipos en el top 15 tuvieron esa oportunidad. Para estar en el top 15 necesitábamos la mayor cantidad de votos posibles. No puedes obtener todos esos votos sentado en tu computadora.

Así que salimos a la calle y hablamos con extraños.

La retroalimentación que recibimos fue fantástica. Obtuvimos la misma reacción casi todas las veces: ¿En dónde puedo conseguir un Pawly? Lo cual nos generó los votos que necesitábamos. También entendimos más las necesidades de los dueños de las mascotas. GSB es la mejor competencia para cualquier startup. Aprendimos mucho!

3. Prepárate para renunciar a tu trabajo diario.

Cuando ganas, ¡prepárate para renunciar a tu trabajo!

La batalla nos impulso a alcanzar cosas in-imaginables. La atención que obtuvimos de parte de los medios fue fenomenal. Nos sentíamos casi famosos. Ese empuje fue el que nos llevó de ser concepto a compañía.

Desde GSB, hemos sido aceptados a la Zona Digital de Medios, una incubadora de startups. También estamos lanzando una campaña con Indiegogo el próximo mes. No podemos esperar para compartir Pawly con el resto del mundo. Ganar GSB nos ha dado la oportunidad de hacer este proyecto realidad.

Sean Min, Analista de Mercadeo (Izquierda) y Mayer Elharar, CEO y Co-fundador (Derecha).








Preparing for Global Startup Battle With 2013 Winner, Pawly

Global Startup Battle (GSB), the largest startup competition in the world, is coming to a city near you. With over 15,000 participants last year from over 40 countries, the buzz for this year’s event is building.

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As you prepare for 2014’s Battle, we asked a few of last year’s winners what it takes to master this global competition.

Meet Mayer Elharar, CEO and Co-Founder of Toronto-based Pawly, a company that created an interactive pet toy for on-the-go animal owners – and last year’s Grand Champion sponsored by Google For Entrepreneurs.

Pawly’s team took an innovative product idea and enlisted the help of strangers on the streets to beat nearly 1,000 startups worldwide. As 2013 champions, they received 20K in funding, visitation to Google headquarters, entrepreneur-celebrity Google+ hangout, press coverage and support.

1-year-later, Pawly’s software continues to develop and push boundaries in consumer robotics. It’s currently being funded on Indegogo with a goal of 80K.

Global Startup Battle, Pawly, Startup Weekend

Global Startup Battle, Pawly, Startup Weekend

We all want to win the greatest battle entrepreneurs have ever known. Where one proves themselves as the master of all things startup. Here are some strategic tips to get your team ready. Oh, haven’t signed up? 

Mayer shares his advice for earning the win this year.

1. Work your ass off.

Each of you can be the next winner of Global Startup Battle. Yes, that’s right. I wouldn’t have believed it then, but we won!

You have to work, though. Hard. One day you’re losing the Battle, the next day you’re on top. Keep at it until the final day. After all the hard work, you will win. GSB is great preparation for startup life – lots of ups and downs. Remember the goal and work harder the next day. If you win, you’ll get the chance of a lifetime.

2. Talk to strangers.

An important thing to understand is market validity – are people interested in your product? Will they buy it?

To win GSB, we had to be analyzed by a panel of industry experts. Only the top 15 teams had that opportunity. To be in the top 15, we needed as many votes as possible. You simply can’t get all those votes sitting at your computer.

So we went to the streets. We talked to strangers about our product.

The feedback we received was amazing. We got the same reaction: when can I buy a Pawly? This got us the votes we needed. It also taught us more about pet owners’ needs. GSB is the best competition for any startup. We learned a lot!

3. Be prepared to quit your day job.

Once you win, get ready to quit your other job!

The Battle pushed us forward to achieve unimaginable things. The media attention we received was phenomenal. We almost felt famous. The push we got was enough to take us from concept to a company.

Since GSB, we have been accepted into the Digital Media Zone, a startup incubator. We are also launching an Indiegogo campaign next month. We can’t wait to share Pawly with the rest of the world. Winning GSB has given us the power make this a reality.

Sean Min, Marketing Analyst (left) and Mayer Elharar, CEO and Co-Founder (right)








Presenting the 2013 Global Startup Battle Winners

Thank you to every team who participated in Global Startup Battle 2013. Each and every one of you helped in making GSB the biggest startup battle in the world. We are honored to congratulate the winning teams on this accomplishment!

GSB spanned across 40 countries. With 167 events globally and 15,000 participants…the teams below made it through a grueling process of Startup Weekend voting, judging and pulled through to be your GSB 2013 champions!

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The Champion’s Circle Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs
ChampionPawly – interactive digital pet toy

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1st Runner Up: iTravey – submit your dream trip, agencies will come to you
2nd Runner Up: Morshid – a system for the unassisted mobility of the visually impaired

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Circle Champs:

The Women’s Circle Powered by Coca-Cola and the 5by20 Team
Winner: Adlet – an ad platform which makes your advertising easy

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The Innovator’s Circle Powered by .CO
Winner: VisionBoards.co – users can create, print and share custom vision boards

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The Activate Circle Powered by AWS
Winner: Life Capsule – a pill box that tweets
1st Runner Up: Griflens – interactive story beads
2nd Runner Up: GymSight – exercise smarter

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The E-Commerce Circle Powered by Bigcommerce
Winner: GardenGenie – personal gardening companion

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Thanks to everyone who participated in GSB! Remember, we’re here to support all of your teams, not just the winners. Email gsb@startupweekend.org to get in touch with us!

We will be releasing a GSB infographic soon detailing everything that happened during #GSB2013, so be sure to check that out and share.








The Winner of Global Startup Battle’s Champion Circle powered by Google for Entrepreneurs: Pawly!

We are proud to announce Pawly, the winner of the Champion Circle powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

This is no small feat, Pawly rose to top of nearly 1,000 teams from events with over 15,000 attendees in 40 countries to be our GSB 2013 Champion. Congratulations!

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Pawly is a new way to play with your pet!

“We’re a team passionate about improving the relationship with pet owners and their pets. We are so excited about creating the next generation of interactive digital pet toys that help you stay connected with your pet, from anywhere in the world. We are all extremely proficient in our respective expertise–from mechanical, civil, and computer engineers, user experience designers and business strategists. Our commitment to strengthening the pet ownership experience, as well as our aligned values, makes our bond go way above and beyond this event.”

Check out the prizes: 

  • $20,000 USD in match funding for Pawly’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which includes custom campaign creation and support from Indiegogo.
  • Three Pawly team members will fly to San Francisco for an inspirational visit to Google Headquarters. Flight and lodging included.
  • Pick the mind of an entrepreneur celebrity via Google+ Hangout. Ask them anything!
  • Pawly will have ongoing opportunities provided by the UP and Google teams to meet mentors, influencers, get press coverage, and promotional support.
  • Pawly will also receive prizes from the other GSB Circle sponsors!

Also, we have some fabulous runner-ups in this champion circle who will be receiving some prizes from Google!

1st Runner Up: iTravey – submit your dream trip, agencies will come to you

2nd Runner Up: Morshid – a system for the unassisted mobility of the visually impaired

Congratulations to all the winners of the champion circle and everyone who participated! We want to hear from all the GSB teams. Please share your story with us and let us know how we can help you along the way.

Email gsb@startupweekend.org to get in touch with the UP Global team.