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SVForum Announces 2014 Winners of Launch: Silicon Valley - The World Cup Tech Challenge
|By Business Wire
|May 21, 2014 05:35 PM EDT
SVForum today announced the winning companies in each of the five tech
groups at the World Cup Tech Challenge, a special edition of the
organization's annual Launch: Silicon Valley event. Companies from all
over the world applied to qualify, and on May 20th at
Microsoft's campus in Mountain View, California, 30 companies from 14
countries competed to win the Cup in five different categories: Digital
Media-Mobile, Enterprise Software, Next Gen Technology, Ed Tech, and
The winners in the five groups are: Pantomime
of the United States for Digital Media-Mobile, Contract
Live of France for Enterprise Software, BloomBoard
of The United States for Ed Tech, Liquidity
of The United States for Next Generation Technology, and Isentio
of Norway for HealthTech. Sublime
Skinz of France was honored as the ‘audience favorite’ winner of
Launch: Silicon Valley 2014.
“Each of the 30 finalists and winners of this year’s Launch: Silicon
Valley - World Cup Tech Challenge were outstanding,” said Adiba Barney,
CEO of SVForum. “We are very much looking forward to following their
success and growing this tremendous Silicon Valley-based global event
for startups around the world.”
DIGITAL MEDIA-MOBILE GROUP WINNER
turns any mobile device into a 3D paddle that lets users reach into
physically realistic, shared augmented reality and VR worlds. Any
computer, mobile device or game console can instantly join the scene.
Initial focus: the $13B mobile game market. #LSVUSA
Based in: US
EDTECH GROUP WINNER
is an online growth development platform that allows schools and
districts to collect and analyze educator effectiveness, and educators
can access a rich marketplace of professional development resources to
support growth. #LSVUSA
HEALTHTECH GROUP WINNER
has created a SaaS tool that enables DNA technology for clinical
diagnostics. It features 90% faster and more accurate bacteria
identification, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. With speedy
analysis and correct data, doctors can give patients a correct treatment
and medication the first day. #LSVNorway
NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGY GROUP WINNER
manufactures revolutionary water purification cartridges, based on
breakthrough membrane technology, to solve the world’s potable water
needs. Pour any non-salt water through our cartridge and drink it
safely. It's that simple. No chemicals, no power nor pressure. #LSVUSA
Based in: US
ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE GROUP WINNER
Live is a SaaS contract management platform allowing companies to
seamlessly manage all their contracts throughout all stages (creation,
negotiation, signature and management) in one safe place. #LSVFrance
Based in: France and US
About the event:
For the last eight years, SVForum's Launch: Silicon Valley, hosted and
co-sponsored by Microsoft, has given startups from Silicon Valley and
around the world a chance to meet, present to, and get feedback from
some of the most renowned VCs, angels, corporate venture firms,
potential partners and customers. This year, the 30 qualified startups
came from 14 diverse countries, ranging from South Africa to Finland to
Thailand. Winners were selected in each Group based on both
online votes and points from judges. The winning startups received
prizes provided by the group and event sponsors, as well as one-on-one
meetings with top VCs and corporate executives.
In keeping with the international theme, each startup represented their
country in style – with country t-shirts made for participating
companies and attendees, and flags displayed; national anthems were
played as each country was introduced. The Launch audience was
encouraged to participate in the process: in addition to voting for
their favorite startups on each Group page, the audience rooted for both
companies and countries via dedicated hashtags. Launch: Silicon Valley -
The World Cup Tech Challenge was sponsored by Microsoft, Cooley LLP,
SAP, SugarCRM, and IBM.
The World Cup Tech Challenge keynote speakers included Megan Smith, Vice
President of Google[x]; Peter Arvai, CEO and co-founder of Prezi, and
James Maiocco, Director of Microsoft Ventures.
Some of the panelists included Marlon Nichols of Intel Capital, Michael
Pachos of Samsung Ventures, Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures,
Mohanjit Jolly of Draper Fischer Jurvetson, John McIntyre of Citrix
Startup Accelerator, Fadi Bishara of Blackbox, James Maiocco of
Microsoft Ventures, Busy Burr of Citi Ventures, Lynne Chou of Kleiner
Perkins, and many more.
In its 9th year, Launch: Silicon Valley is firmly established as the
premier product launch platform for Technology startups. The event,
organized by Silicon Valley not-for-profit SVForum, provides the next
generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to
pitch their products to, and network with, an audience of Silicon
Valley’s top VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives,
prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media.
For over thirty years, SVForum has been the leading not-for-profit
organization in the Bay Area, providing an unbiased source of
information and insight to the technology community. Through the efforts
of its dedicated staff and volunteers, SVForum’s wealth of programs
create networks and relationships, and provide education and access to
resources both in person and digitally to a global audience. The
organization reaches over 20,000 of the most important thought leaders,
VCs, innovators and CEOs in technology. Its partners include global
leaders IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and SAP, as well as leading venture
capital firms and service providers.
For further information, visit SVForum’s website at www.svforum.org.
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