VentureBeat Announces Winners of First WinSXSW Startup Competition

With 129 Startups Participating From Around the World, Citybot Wins Fan-Voted Overall Prize, Cloudabilty and FarFaria Win Investors’ Pick, and Cloudabilty Also Wins VentureBeat Pick, Amongst Others

WinSXSWVentureBeat, a media company that covers disruptive technology and explains why it matters in our lives, today announced the winners of the WinSXSW.com competition featuring over $100k in prizes and meetings with more than 20 investors/venture capitalists. Powered by viral content sharing and promotion platform, Fandrop, the competition took place in Austin during SXSWi and allowed startups to pitch their companies in “30 seconds or less” while fans voted for their favorite startups in several different categories.

  • Best Overall (fan-voted): Citybot
  • Best Mobile: Dealflicks
  • Best Seed-Funded: FarFaria
  • Best Bootstrapped: Jobhuk
  • Best Product Video: Sharewave
  • VentureBeat Pick: Cloudabilty
  • Judge’s Pick (Investors’ Pick – tie): Cloudability and FarFaria

“We’re very excited to announce the winners of this year’s competition that allowed so many diverse startups from around the world to showcase themselves,” said Matt Marshall, VentureBeat founder & Editor-in-Chief. “It’s often hard for startups to make their mark early on and we feel that these startups deserve the acclaim.”

Over 30,000 votes were cast through social media sharing, while the contest was viewed by more than 220,000 people. Best Overall, Best Mobile, Best Seed-Funded, Best Bootstrapped, and Best Product Video were all voted on by fans. The Judge’s Pick was chosen by a group of over 20 investors (shown below) and the VentureBeat Pick was chosen by the staff at VentureBeat.

Category : Blog Posted on May 15, 2013

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