According to jury, the best startup at IDCEE is Ubertesters (Israel). It gets EUR 15k in cash. The First Runner Up is KreditAja (Singapore) with EUR 10k, and the Second Runner Up isÂ Backendless (Ukraine), which received EUR 5k. Ubertesters (Israel) is a cloud based mobile app testing tool platform. It offers buildÂ distribution, bug submission and management/monitoring tools, and keeps the projectÂ manager in control of the testing process.
KreditAja (Singapore) is a web and mobile marketplace for personal loans and credit. The platform allows borrowers to compare and lock-in personal finance offers from multiple lenders with 1 simple application.Â Backendless (Ukraine) develops a cloud-based SaaS platform targeting mobile applicationÂ developers. The platform enables development of mobile applications at 2x (and higher) speedÂ and significantly reduces overall development cost.
IDCEE Startup Alley with 150 projects is one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. This year, startups were chosen among 200+ applicants from 25 countries of the world. Majority of them is from Ukraine (2/3), and the rest are from Russia, CIS and CEE, as well as the USA. The IDCEE Startup Alley was predominantly represented by startups in such spheres as SAAS, e-commerce and mobile apps, says Viktoriya Tigipko, IDCEE organizer. â€œIn comparison withÂ the previous year, we saw much more startups for online education, which is one of the mostÂ popular modern global trends. And there are fewer projects for social networksâ€.
Among the pitching jury were Cem Sertoglu (Earlybird Venture Capital), Uwe HorstmannÂ (Project A Ventures), Leon Zilber (Siguler Guff & Co), Pavel Bogdanov (Almaz Capital), Dmitriy Chikhachev (Runa Capital), Igor Taber and Marcin Hejka (Intel Capital). Commenting on winning the IDCEE Startup Competition, one of the members of Ubertesters team Ran Rakhlin said: â€œI am very happy, and I knew our chances were high to win. We believe that our platform is indeed on great demand for users. I can say that our service is a treatment for mobile app developers, not just a vitamin. For the past two days we’ve received great feedback from potential investors and customers, and we got several inquiries.
Overall, IDCEE 2013 hosted 40 pitches: main Startup Competition, Startup Toasters, andÂ Global Technology Foundation pitches. In addition to that, there were three special nominations for startups:
– Best Ukrainian Startup together with innovation park Bionic Hill (the prize was EUR 3k inÂ cash): Hashtago, a startup for hashtag marketing solution, got this award;
– Best Interactive Startup together with bigmir.net (the prize was an advertising package fromÂ bigmir.net worth UAH 100k): Ukrainian Startup AstraFit, a service that helps people to chooseÂ the right size of clothing online, received this award;
– Best Consumer Startup together with Yandex (the prize was EUR 3k for advertising andÂ promotion): Ukrainian Startup Kabanchik enjoys this title (it is an online marketplace thatÂ helps busy people and small/medium business outsource their small tasks).
The IDCEE 2013 audience had an opportunity to listen to 50 keynotes and 8 panel discussions from the industry leaders across the globe. We try to choose the most trendy topics which are important both for global and local community, says Viktoriya Tigipko. This year, our core topics were online education, e-commerce, and entrepreneurship in Brazil. Next year, we want to touch upon such areas as e-health, charity, media, and to continue screening such fields as e-commerce, mobile apps and othersâ€.
The next 5th edition of the IDCEE. Internet Technologies and Innovations conference is to take place on October 16-17th, 2014. Follow our news at idcee.org.