This year’s G-Startup competition saw a remarkable 100 applications hailing from 19 countries. All of the participants gave their best pitches, and the caliber of their startups made it a tough decision for our judges Plug and Play (USA), China Accelerator (China), and Innovation Works (China). The results reflect what they saw as the most competitive and thought-provoking prospects. We have a breakdown of their choices below.
First Pitch Competition (Wildcard):
For the first pitch wildcard competition, we have the following contestants. Among these contestants, one will be chosen to be added to the early seed-stage competition:
- Urthecast (Canada) – Urthecast is a startup that aims to provide the world’s first high definition video platform for streaming images of planet Earth. By placing HD cameras on the Russian module of the International Space Station, users will be able to see HD images of the Earth in real-time.
- Viatun (Russia) – Bringing the best and most cost effective in mobile web access, Viatun will provide greater speed to mobile users by utilizing a patented VPN technology and unlimited traffic through their prioritized servers. All major operating systems are compatible including Symbian, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile.
- Mugeda (China) – Mugeda provides a brand new service wherein users can share HTML5 animations through a cloud-based database on any compatible devices (PCs, smartphones, and tablets). This brings animators and web developers together to share and contribute to each other’s work in a friendly social environment.
- Guobi (China) – Handwriting and character dictionaries can often be ineffective for Chinese mobile users. Guobi has developed its own innovative and streamlined input methods that make the process less painful for users. By providing a variety of writing methods for users including radical inputs, stroke orders, traditional character and cloud-based dictionaries, and other such services, Guobi aims to revolutionize text technology.
Early-Seed Stage Competition:
- Between (Korea) – From Korea with love comes VCNC’s iPhone and Android app “Between.” This platform for sharing private memories with lovers is a new way to store and mutually save all the moments in one private social space. By archiving chat history, photos, and memos with your loved one, “Between” makes great relationships even greater.
- Phewtick (Japan) – There is no greater way to increase opportunities than by increasing networking opportunities. How do you make serendipitous meetings a more common occurrence (and less serendipitous)? Introducing phewtick, a platform that allows you to meet new people in your area based on user-provided information about free time, location, and mood.
- Danqoo (China) – What are your interests in life? With Danqoo, you can record anytime or anywhere what you have discovered or what you wish to share about the topics that interest you. Invite friends to bind to these topics and to share together your ideas and thoughts.
- Doudou (China) – The parent-teacher relationship is a lasting bond almost as important as family. Doudou Mobile aims to provide a platform for “private schools and learning centers to create a safe and secure environment where parents and teachers can share photos, calendars and messages, and build a closed and private social network around their children.”
- Vimention (Finland) – Vimention is a mobile app that keeps users connected with the hottest phenomena globally and locally. Imagine sitting by a busy town square and being able to see what is happening around you and your area. Now with Vimention, your view can extend as far as you want, even worldwide.
Growth Stage Competition Selection:
- Leiyoo (China) – HTML5 technology is relatively new to the Chinese market, and Leiyoo is a pioneer in this regard. Not only do they create HTML5 games, they also provide game development tools that bring outstanding value to users and programmers. With the fast expansion of mobile game technology in China, they will be a worthy competitor.
- Wandoujia (China) – The marketplace for mobile games and apps is often difficult to organize, which is what Wandoujia aims to change. By providing mobiles users with a platform for finding the best games and apps for their phone, Wandoujia makes the search easier and more efficient.
- Mila (Switzerland) – Running a small or medium-sized business is not so simple, yet it is often the smallest of businesses that form the backbone of the global economy. Mila is an application that provides these businesses with a way to connect and to trade products and services with one another through social media services, smart assistants, and mobile payment systems.
- Mokipay (Lithuania) – Have you ever wished that you could make payments by mobile phone? Mokipay provides a streamlined system for banks and retail companies to provide mobile wallet services in a cloud-based system. By entering a PIN code on the cell phone, one can confirm transactions conveniently on the go.
- Mai Bo Wawabank (Chinese Taipei) – Mai Bo’s Wawabank app is a banking service platform that allows users to consolidate information about coupons and credit card discounts. The application allows owners of several credit cards to keep track of all potential deals.
- Julu Mobile (China) – “Julu Mobile is improving the mobile advertising experience by building the first mobile advertising platform native to China’s high end mobile users. Our technology provides personalized commercial content to users based on their interests, and engages them in ways more valuable to users and advertisers alike. As a result, we’re able to offer mobile developers higher revenue than our competitors while giving advertisers lower cost per action and better ROI.”