SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SVForum is proud to announce the winning companies in each of the six tech groups at the 2015 World Cup Tech Challenge, an annual global pitch event held at Microsoft’s campus in Silicon Valley, California. Over 200 innovative tech startups from 53 countries applied to qualify, and on June 4th, 24 finalists from 18 countries competed to win the Cup in six different categories: Digital Media-Mobile, Enterprise Software, Next Gen Technology, Ed Tech, and Healthtech.
The winners in the six groups are: P2BInvestor of the United States in FinTech, Livox of Brazil in EdTech, Evercontact of France in Enterprise Software, Hoope of Peru in HealthTech, Atlas Wearables of the United States in Next-Gen Technology, and Aporta of Denmark in Digital Media-Mobile. P2BInvestor was also the grand prize winner of World Cup Tech, taking home a cash prize and a special 3D-printed trophy.
Each year, the World Cup Tech Challenge features inspiring keynotes from some of the biggest names on the Silicon Valley scene. In 2015, SVForum was proud to welcome Mary Grove, Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, who was interviewed in a fireside chat by Blackbox founder and CEO Fadi Bishara. Pascal Finette, Managing Director of Singularity University Labs, delivered the closing keynote.
The startup judges included Intel Capital director Marlon C. Nichols, Qualcomm Ventures director Patrick Eggen, Greylock Partners associate Sarah Guo, Core Venture Capital vice president Colleen Poynton, and IBM Watson’s John Wolpert, among many others. Global Partners included Microsoft, Bank of the West, DLA Piper, TriNet, and Qualcomm.
More about the winning companies below:
FINTECH GROUP WINNER and WORLD CUP TECH WINNER
is a crowdlending platform for commercial lines of credit, providing
working capital financing through a technology-enabled loan process that
helps its clients increase productivity and profitability. The company
offers a wide selection of products to businesses seeking to scale
quickly to meet customer and market demand, and P2Bi’s crowdsourced
funding model reduces its effective cost of capital, creating more
flexible rates and terms for its clients. A crowd of accredited
investors participates in funding each credit line, and investors earn a
return in exchange for supporting P2Bi’s clients. #WCTUSA
DIGITAL MEDIA-MOBILE GROUP WINNER
will revolutionize the passenger experience through on board mobile
interfaces that works in offline environments. These interfaces will
enable transportation operators to 1) establish ancillary revenue
potential, reduce costs on existing systems, 2) raise passenger
satisfaction and, 3) help solve problems for operators and passenger
within areas such as e.g. seat reservations and luggage theft. #WCTDenmark
EDTECH GROUP WINNER
is a platform for tablets that enables disabled people to communicate
and to learn. The first platform to use artificial intelligence and
contextual awareness to overcome visual, cognitive and motor
impairments. Since it is a platform, it is extremely useful in schools. #WCTBrazil
HEALTHTECH GROUP WINNER
is affordable, easy to use medical device that enables painless and
rapid (30 sec) testing for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and
trichomoniasis, all in one test. Users automatically receive results
(97% accuracy), followup recommendations and information through Hoope
NEXT-GEN TECHNOLOGY GROUP WINNER
Wearables is a product company focused on people who exercise and
coach. We build devices and software to help anyone take control of
their workout routine. We build true activity trackers. #WCTUSA
ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE GROUP WINNER
is a universal cloud service that mines emails and keeps contacts up to
date and shared auto-magically. Evercontact is indispensable for busy
teams that can’t afford missing or outdated contact information, or
wasting time on manual updates. Seamless integration into your existing
email (Gmail, Outlook, Google for Work, Office 365) and CRM (Salesforce,
Connectwise, Highrise). #WCTFrance
About World Cup Tech:
In May of 2014, SVForum launched a competition called World Cup Tech Challenge, where innovative tech startups from around the world gather at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus to compete for the Cup via six different tech categories: FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech, Digital Media-Mobile, Enterprise Software, and Next-Gen Technology. In addition to the main pitches, the World Cup Tech Challenge also features keynote speeches from Silicon Valley luminaries and pioneers in tech and innovation. The event is attended by some of Silicon Valley’s hottest VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media. In 2015, the 25 qualified startups came from 18 diverse countries, ranging from Denmark to Brazil to Singapore. Winners were selected in each Group based on points from judges and online voting.
The World Cup Tech Challenge is organized by SVForum. For over 30 years, SVForum has fostered innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in Silicon Valley. We function as a center of knowledge and connections, covering everything from the latest tech trends to the startup and investment ecosystem. We have a long history of creating successful events, programs and conferences that educate, train, inspire, and connect technologists, entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, innovation and startup hubs, and students—in Silicon Valley, throughout the U.S., and globally. We organize about 150 different activities per year, have over 20,000 subscribers/users, and work with over 40 countries worldwide. Our partners include global leaders Deloitte, DLA Piper, IBM, Microsoft, Bank of the West, Qualcomm, and Siemens as well as leading venture capital firms, and service providers. SVForum is a fully independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
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