LeWeb 08 : "StartUp Competition" The 30 Shortlisted Companies

For the 3rd year running, the LeWeb conference organised by Géraldine and Loïc Le Meur will be paying tribute to enterprising spirit with the StartUp Competition. The competition will enable young companies to raise their profile and present themselves before a panel of key business professionals and investors as part of the largest Internet-dedicated event in Europe.

A truly international shortlist!

After several weeks of deliberations and with the help of Seedcamp*, one of the event partners, 30 shortlisted start-ups from 19 different countries have just been announced. The Seedcamp team examined each entry in its entirety, and the 30 finalists were selected on the basis of criteria including innovativeness, business model and concrete evidence of the benefit offered.

Shortlisted companies in alphabetical order:

• www.konolive.com

2Win-Solutions, France

• www.haploid.fr

Haploid, France

• www.shoutem.com

ShoutEm Ltd., Croatie

• www.3scale.net

3scale networks S.L., Espagne

•www.izi-collecte.com

IZI-collecte, France

• www.silentale.com

Silentale SAS, France

• www.apture.com

Apture, USA

• www.kaltura.com

Kaltura, USA

• www.squareclock.com

SquareClock, France

• www.Box.net

Box.net, Inc., USA

• www.myid.is

MyID.is Certified, France

• www.dismoiou.fr

Tellmewhere, France

• www.brozengo.com

Brozengo SA, France

• www.nimbuzz.com

Nimbuzz, Pays-Bas

• www.iterend.com

Trendiction, Luxembourg

• Charge Ventures, Malte

• www.popego.com

Popego Inc., USA

• www.viewdle.com

Viewdle, Inc, Ukraine

• www.cmune.com

Cmune, Chine

• www.Producteev.com

Producteev Inc., USA

• www.webnode.com/en

Webnode.com. Rép. Tchè.

• www.con-trust.com

ConTrust, Israël

• www.publing.com

Publing, France

• www.Zavedenia.com

Zavedenia.com, Bulgarie

• www.doctorsim.com

DoctorSIM, Espagne

• www.radionomy.com

Radionomy, Belgique

• www.zipipop.com

Zipipop Ltd (Zipiko), Finlande

• www.edicy.com

Edicy, Estonie

• www.samedi.de

Samedi GmbH, Allemagne

• www.zoover.com

Zoover Holiday Reviews, Pays-Bas

On 9 December, these 30 companies will defend their solution or service in front of a jury, comprising entrepreneurs and investors. Each company will deliver a 7-minute presentation and demonstration, according to the rules laid down.

This year the competition sponsors are Orange and Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems will award the three finalists the prize of a server.

Important figures in the internet, and investors do us the honour of acting as judges to decide the three winners:

Ola Ahlvahrsson, Result – Roberto Bonanzinga, Balderton Capital – Mike Butcher, TechCrunchUK – Laurent Chiozotto, Sun Microsystems – Julien Codorniou, Microsoft – Don Dodge, Microsoft – David Hornik, August Capital – Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, Price Minister – Simon Levene, Accel Partners – Om Malik, GigaOM – Dave McClure, 500Hats – Freddy Mini, Netvibes – Marc Samwer, European Founders Fund – Axel Schmiegelow, Sevenload – Gary Shainberg, British Telecom – Megan Smith, Google – Pascal Thomas, Orange – Martin Varsavsky, FON

The three competition winners will then be given the opportunity to present their company to all participants at LeWeb ’08 on 10 December on the main stage during a special session.

Previous winners of the main prize include Goojet in 2007 and Yoono in 2006.

* Seedcamp is the brains behind the competition of the same name, which enables young European start-ups to raise funds from venture capitalists and receive a helping hand in getting their business off the ground. Seedcamp will deliver its expertise to the organisation and help the competition run smoothly during the conference.

About the LeWeb conference:

LeWeb is the largest event for the web industry in Europe and the second largest in the world. In 2007, the conference attracted participants from 40 countries and 300 journalists. Keynote speakers have appeared at previous editions, including Shimon Peres in 2006 and Philippe Starck in 2007. The 2008 event is proud to announce the participation of Paulo Coelho.

LeWeb ’08 will be held in Paris on 9 and 10 December in 104.

For further information and programm, please visit www.leweb.net

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