503 startup companies from 52 countries applied and took part in the 2012 prestigious Challenge. Due to the high number of participants there have been two rounds. In the first one the jury selected 18 finalists and 31 semi-finalists. During the second round the 31 semifinalists were challenged to demonstrate their marketing capabilities and to motivate as many people as possible in order to vote for them. The top three projects with most votes after 1 week of voting won the status of finalists.
The huge number of participants was attracted by the great awards, sponsored by the serial entrepreneur and founder of Webit Congress - Mr. Plamen Russev.
"The main goal of the Webit StartUp Challenge is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit among EMEA emerging markets and to help free the "genie from the bottle". We want to help the young people of the emerging markets to acquire the courage to follow their dreams and to help them achieve them by meeting them with the leaders of the world digital and technology ecosystem, with potential partners, investors and mentors. The entrepreneurs should understand that if they haven't failed they haven't tried hard enough and should not be afraid of the failure. I am happy we have motivated such a big number of startups from all around EMEA and rest of the world to take part at Webit StartUp Challenge 2012 and to overcome the fear of failure. We gave all the participants an equal start and a great opportunity to present their projects in front of hundreds of thousands visitors on our web site and at Webit Congress. This gives us the confidence that we are on the right way and I personally feel very happy and thank my team and the jury for the job well done" said Plamen Russev on a press conference, announcing the finalists of the Challenge.
The 21 finalists of Webit StartUp Challenge are:
Frommees (Netherlands), g&life (Italy), Tellyo (Finland), Mediatoolkit (Croatia), D-Sight (Belgium), Autosprite (Russia), InfoDif (Turkey), Newsgrape (Austria), Appscend (Romania), Subscrea (Poland), GNERGY (Bulgaria), Tickera (Serbia), Imagga (Bulgaria),mySugr (Austria), Work In Field (Slovakia), Waymate (Germany), CircleMe (UK), BellaDati (Czech Republic), Boomeranked (France), NevaHold (Ghana), Dekoreko (Turkey).
Each finalist receives an expo stand at Webit Congress exhibition, opportunity to pitch in front of 200+ investors at the Leaders of the Future Conference as part of the amazing Webit Congress Conference Agenda, as well as 2 Gold Tickets for the entire Congress which will be held on 10-11 October 2012 in Lütfi Kirdars Expo Center, Istanbul, Turkey.
Webit Congress is the only global event for the entire digital, technology, telco and entrepreneurial ecosystem with focus on EMEA emerging markets. More than 6000 visitors from 60+ countries are expected for Webit Congress 2012. More than 150 first world class speakers take part in the conference agenda. The accredited journalists and bloggers for 2012 are more than 300 from all over the world. More than 60 are the exhibiting companies at Webit Congress expo area.
There are 8 parallel conference steams and events happening at Webit Congress including a Telco stream, Digital Marketing and Innovation Conference, Leaders of the Future Conference for starup companies and entrepreneurs, eCommerce Conference, App World Workshops for app developers, SEO and Digital Creative Master Classes, Webit Awards Ceremony for Digital and Technological Excellence (by Webit Ambassadors) and of course world famous Webit Congress Party.
Last year the event was held in Sofia, Bulgaria and attracted more than 5300 attendess from 45 countries. Webit Congress is organized by eAcademy and Webit Ambassadors Foundation with the strategic industry support by IAB Europe, EACA, EGTA, OPA and Arab ICT Organization and with the support of more than 180 media partners, industry associations and NGOs.
Find here the press release of Webit Conference regarding this event: The Webit StartUp Challenge Winners are Announced
Published on: August 16, 2012 - 9:36 am