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After an intense 54 hours + extra 24 hours to complete their pitch videos, GSB teams were finally able to rest and let their work speak for itself.  Global voting concluded at midnight, and we’re proud to announce the 15 semi-finalists for the world’s largest startup competition!


Click on team title to view video pitches.  Teams are listed in no particular order. 

SmartWard London, UK : Smartward is a cross-platform, task-management app, which improves communication and reduces human error in hospitals

Xiiik  Prishtina, Kosovo : 3D games with detailed design, amazing stories, cross-platform support and lots of fun.

Beethoven Morelia, Mexico : Revolutionary educational platform that allows deaf kids to learn sign language supported by interactive content

LEBTOP Hyderabad, India : Spoken English taught by the people, for the people. Connecting callers to enable conversations.

Yalla  Nazareth, Israel : Meet up with friends, engage with new people and discover new places in your area

Camboo Cordoba, Argentina : Camboo optimizes the company’s recruitment process by providing a pre-interview video screening tool. http://camboo.co

Infinit Closet Bangkok, Thailand : Dream of a world where closets are bigger! Infinit Closet let you borrow from friends and find matched recommendations from sponsors.

SENSEINOTE Tokyo, Japan : SENSEINOTE is a service to solve Japanese teacher’s problems. It allows teachers to share their tips about creating a resume, lifestyle and career guidance. Senseinote will be the flashlight to enlighten Japanese Education.

RapidBoard Chisinau, Moldova : RapidBoard.net – Real-Time Collaborative Platform for Designers and Creative Agencies.

KissQuest Texas, USA Support KissQuest. A new dating game built in the ‘data age’. Dating is now fun!

Project Policy Cambridge, UK : Project Policy is an online, intuitive tool to help the world make sense of policy.

Fuelzee Orlando, USA : Buying gas sucks, but Fuelzee makes it better.

Bounce Tangerine Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic : Bounce Tangerine community gets rewarded while easily finding and recommending ideal spots for every taste.

Groupnotes Toronto, Canada : Vote Canada! link saves you time collaborating by annotating the web for others to see.

Masscota  Bogota, Colombia : Identification system for pets traceability


Semi-finalists will now be individually considered by a world-class panel of judges to determine the overall winner.   This year’s panel includes:


In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for   $265 million.

He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped the company grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune magazines annual Best Companies to Work For list. In November 2009, Zappos.com, Inc. was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing.


Brad is one of the managing directors at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage software / Internet companies throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder of Techstars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner.

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars.

Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoorCheezburger,FitbitFullContactGnipMakerBotMobileDayModular RoboticsOblong,OrbotixSEOMozStanding Cloud, and Yesware for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad was an executive at AmeriData Technologies after it acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications.


A true visionary, Leah Busque (@labusque) is the founder and chief executive officer of TaskRabbit.com, an online marketplace where you can outsource small jobs and Tasks to others in your own community. TaskRabbit is the pioneer in “service networking” – a concept Leah conceived and has since evangelized. Now an industry-wide concept, service networking describes the productive power of a web-based, social-networked community.

Since its founding in 2008, Leah has grown TaskRabbit to more than 40 employees and has expanded the service to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle with several more markets to come in 2012. Under her leadership, TaskRabbit was named one of the “Next Big Things in Tech” by WSJ Digits, Start up to Watch in 2012” by Inc. Magazine, and a finalist for “Mobile app of the year” in 2011 by both the Crunchies and Mashable Awards.


Chris Hollod lives in LA and works directly with Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Ron Burkle to help manage their venture capital fund, A-Grade Investments. 

Chris’s responsibilities include evaluating new opportunities, managing deal flow, spearheading the investment process, executing deals, and coordinating with portfolio companies.

Chris also works as an Associate for The Yucaipa Companies, a private equity firm founded by Ron Burkle.  Prior to joining A-Grade Investments and The Yucaipa Companies, Chris worked in Investment Banking.  Chris graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics and minors in Finance and Philosophy.


Jesse Draper is creator and host of “The Valley Girl Show” through which she’s become a spokesperson for startups and helped pioneer the way of new media content distribution.

Formerly a Nickelodeon star, Draper is now CEO of Valley Girl™ where she runs pre-production through post-production and distribution for the show, runs technology blog Lalawag.com and is a regular featured writer for Mashable, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post and Glam. Draper is also a speaker at business conferences around the world including DLD, SXSW and universities such as Stanford.

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