Over the past week, here’s a sampling of news highlights of members of the BizSpark One program, identifying a small number of the best companies in BizSpark, which is now comprised of over 40,000 startups.
Week of September 11-17, 2011
Week of September 18-24, 2011
And…. It’s a wrap. Phew. What an incredible few days.
From Startup Weekend, to DEMO Fall, with Startup America.
Here’s the premiere of our movie from the experience:
Today at #DEMOcon we reached the finale of our Startup Weekend experience – with @Adgame selected to pitch to the seasoned audience of investors and startup pundits pitching as the Rising Star: a company created in 54 hours by Tony Lyu and Gaia Costantino.
On stage, Tony nailed it – “Education, Gaming and Advertising were having a vigorous orgy inside my head! So we learned to code, built a product, and now we're here!” and their resulting solution, AdGame, is a really interesting one. Their goal? Gaia says – “Transforming annoying banners, giving some value to the user; secondly, providing educational information In a really effective way, through ads”.
It’s fantastic to see a Singularity University graduate go through a Mega Startup Weekend, and pitch at DEMO, with help from BizSpark, Startup America Partnership and the guys at VentureBeat.
Now THAT’S partnership, in motion.
Week of September 4-10, 2011
Week of August 28 – September 3
Welcome back to Silicon Valley, Microsoft BizSpark European Summit winner, Mopapp.
Not content with winning Seedcamp Berlin in May this year, Mopapp took first prize at our summit in Brussels in June and then secured a coveted spot in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. They are accompanied by fellow BizSpark and Seedcamp friends, Rentlord.
So we decided to make an offer for BizSpark Startups – to get the service free for six months. Check it out.
Mopapp is a web-based analytics tool that integrates with most mobile app stores (including of course the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace) automatically downloading the store's daily raw sales data and transforming it to pretty and easy to understand reports and charts. With Mopapp you can easy keep under control how much each of your apps are selling and how many downloads they are getting.
If you have apps available on multiple stores and for multiple platforms (WP7, iOS, Android, BlackBerry etc) Mopapp becomes an invaluable companion to compare revenues, profit and downloads between different platforms, stores and countries.
Mopapp also downloads your apps' user reviews, so that you can see them all in a single place. It even integrates with ad networks such as AdMob and InMobi, so that you can analyze not just app sales but also ads impressions and ad revenues (especially useful for free apps that display banners).
Many more features are available: take the tour to find out more, or have a ride on the interactive demo.
A few weeks ago, we announced the CapLinked service which has got great reviews in the market. In my earlier post I mentioned that Angelsoft unveiled their new platform at #DEMOcon today. We think Gust will be another great service for early stage companies so we have added it to our partner offers.
As of today, you can search the database of accredited investors to find suitable partners for your business. 35,000 investors across 750+ angel groups and venture capital funds worldwide use Gust to identify investment opportunities and manage their deal flow. Create your Gust investor relations site and share it with any group on the Gust platform to be immediately considered for funding.
We’d love your feedback on this new service. Raising funding can be less than straightforward.
Joining Xero in the small business accounting space is fellow Startup America partner, Intuit.
Read about the announcements today from Startup America Partnership – they are open for business.
Greetings from the Startup America HD Lounge at #DEMOcon
Over 2,300 organisations worldwide count themselves as Network Partners, and this community of incubators, investors, accelerators, advisors, government agencies, mentoring groups, hosters - all involved in supporting software-fueled innovation and the next generation of technology entrepreneurs – have helped us reach and support a critical mass of over 42,000 startups in BizSpark in over 100 countries.
Today we are shining a bit of a spotlight on our partnerships that help fuel the success of BizSpark, and of technology entrepreneurs everywhere.
We’re embarking on a really exciting partnership with the Founder Institute supporting their work in the US and farther afield in places in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Find out more about them here.
Startup Weekend to Tuesday at Demo
There’s a huge buzz in the market, and this week hundreds of entrepreneurs with early stage startups pitch their ideas, here at #DEMOcon and up 101 at TC #DisruptSF while Startup America and Startup Weekend folks recover from an incredible 54 hours MEGA weekend of idea generation, creation and build – resulting in:
These 3 winning teams, fresh from creating a brand new business, get to pitch at #DEMOcon tomorrow afternoon. More on those soon.
New startups rely on the help and support from a huge range of organizations and a lot of those are working together to bring more resources and services to help startups:
Gust Investor Relations Platform Powers International Startup Financing
We all know how critical access to capital is for early stage companies.
This morning at #DEMOcon, Angelsoft unveiled their new platform – check out the new, free tools for entrepreneurs at www.gust.com which is a result of more than seven years of market and business development in the investment community under the Angelsoft brand. Gust launched today as the official investor relations platform of over 15 national and international investor associations, 150 venture capital funds, 600 business angel groups and 35,000 accredited angel investors. More than 125,000 entrepreneurs have already used the platform to create detailed profiles to share with potential investment partners.
BizSpark startups can access the Gust platform easily through our program offer here.
Scott Case, CEO, said “Startup America Partnership is focused on young companies that have their sights set on serious growth. As one of our partners, Gust provides these job-creators access to capital through angel and VC investment sources, combined with education and collaboration tools.”
On stage at #DEMOcon this morning, both Dan’l Lewin from Microsoft and Adeo Ressi, Founder Institute, were full of praise for what David Rose and his team have built. Check out all the news from Startup America just announced – their platform is open for business so startups can start to avail of all the various partner offers, and they welcome Dell, among others, to the list of partner sponsors.
“Since our launch at the White House in January, we’ve been delighted by how the private sector has stepped up and committed resources that will accelerate the growth of America’s young companies,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “We’re excited to now provide direct access to these amazing offerings that will help maximize the success of startups.”