Friday, February 10th kicked off our 4th Startup Weekend beginning with an inspirational presentation from Babelverse.com about the year following the 3rd Startup Weekend Athens, the implementation of their idea, and the experience of participating and winning 3rd place at the Paris LeWeb ’11 Startup Competition.  Pitches began and the auditorium is buzzing with ideas.  By the end of the pitching session, the walls were full of ideas and attendees are asked to vote with the post-its on their favorite ideas.  15 teams take shape by the end of the evening.

Saturday and Sunday the teams work on their projects with the help of technical, business, legal and VC mentors.

The Ideas:  The 15 ideas that formed;

  1. Startupnetwrk:  Startupnetwrk intends to bridge the gap between early stage startups and seed fund investors.
  2. Allcancode: “Lets create the next generation of coding talents” Allcancode addresses the need of programming/coding illiteracy and the scarcity of talented developers and inspired educators.
  3. Eskipnoteros: “You Shop, we bid, you get” Supermarkets bid for your shopping list.
  4. Lovechirps: Recorder of messages for Valentine day.
  5. Kinect Life: “Kinect Life is Kinect for all” Kinect is mainly for energetic people.  Kinect Life brings a mood profiling and engagement application with which you can use Kinect to play legacy arcade games.
  6. Metoo: Facebook application that performs psychometric tests and matches content between different users based on their profile compatibility and similar personality traits.
  7. Respondability: A website which enables corporations to co-create causes on-line and target them to choose an audience.  It gives them the ability to respond to the actual need at the right time and greatly increase their social impact and positive reputation.
  8. YmmyMummy: “Food made with love everywhere” YummyMummy tries to solve the problem of not being able to have homemade food made by people who cook in their home around your location.
  9. ORDERRO: Ordering and pre-ordering through the use of mobile phone for food and drink venues (bars, restaurants)
  10. Shopalyzer: Creation of your own e-whop in Facebook and start selling to your fans in less than 5 minutes!
  11. Offerme.gr: A unique answer to the self-planning traveler matching specific vacation requests to business so that they can make custom offers directly.
  12. SWAPMAPP:  An innovative and disruptive way of making swaps.  Instead of 1-1 swaps we create circles of multiple swaps between an unlimited number of people.  And this is only the beginning.
  13. USEUM: Useum is a 2 way bridge between art lovers and artists.  It is a web platform where art enthusiasts can discover emerging artists based on their artistic preferences.  Vice versa new artists can showcase their art.
  14. Fashion Fairy: Automatic wardrobe management, key item suggestions through fashion brand synergies, celebrity stylists for recommendation of outfit selection.
  15. Retarento: Connect with people around you to rent things you own but aren’t using.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

  1. USEUM: Useum is a 2 way bridge between art lovers and artists.  It is a web platform where art enthusiasts can discover emerging artists based on their artistic preferences.  Vice versa new artists can showcase their art.
  2. YmmyMummy: “Food made with love everywhere” YummyMummy tries to solve the problem of not being able to have homemade food made by people who cook in their home around your location.
  3. Kinect Life: “Kinect Life is Kinect for all” Kinect is mainly for energetic people.  Kinect Life brings a mood profiling and engagement application with which you can use Kinect to lay legacy arcade games.

Winners received:

  • MIC & BizSpark: All teams received BizSpark and, as their ideas take shape, an offer to be incubated at the MIC facilities.
  • HackFwd: We had the pleasure of having with us, David Bizer, Talent Geek of the pre-seed investment fund HackFwd who offered the winner a slot at the Pitch in Berlin event.  The tickets for the team’s participation in Berlin are covered through the GoldenDeals.gr sponsorship.

Crisis = Opportunity?  Special Note

During this same weekend, important decisions were being made in parliament about the IMF Memorandum and Greece’s debt obligations.  This resulted in riots and the burn up of downtown Athens…images that made the it around the world…

At that time on Sunday evening the picture below was posted on Facebook:

On the left – Athens StartUp from Startup Weekend at the NIC auditorium.

On the right – Athens BurnUp from a burning in downtown Athens.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…the comment reads that these two pictures demonstrate the two sides of Greece – the Greece that creates constructively and the one that destructs.

 

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