Last week Startacus co founder Alastair Cameron had the pleasure of sitting on the judging panel of the Apps World Startup Launch Pad which took place at the London ExCeL.
This test of entrepreneurial mettle was specifically designed for startups working within the app space; to give them the opportunity to pitch their product in front of a panel of experts and leading lights from the technology and digital spheres.
In total 14 startups pitched to the audience and the panel they were:
Bibshot- A mobile app that allows athletes to buy spectator taken photographs
Checkup- Mobile app that connects people instantly with trained physicians
Drip App- London based multiple independent coffee shop loyalty subscription service
Fourth State- A narrative focused 2D platform game set in the diary of a young girl.
Gideros Mobile- An open source, cross platform games engine which allows users to create apps for many different platforms
Glued- An app that helps to combat child and parent mobile device dependency
Helpfulpeeps- A mobile platform in which people can give or receive favours from other for free
Inflter- Gives users access to an unlimited number of photograph filters
irisena- Communications software provider that allows organisations to connect with a wide range of people through their mobile devices
Lin- A contact management software that automatically updates your details across your contacts records
nCube- Central management point for smart home devices.
TreatNOW- An app which allows users to reserve high quality, last minute health and beauty appointments.
The overall winners of the Startup Launch Pad, as decided by the panel of judges was the P2P favour marketplace helpfulpeeps.
Co-founder Saf Nazeer told us afterwards why he has decided to get encouraged, and how the Startup Launch Pad had been of benefit to him.
"We first came across the Apps World Startup Launch Pad competition through a ‘helpfulpeep’ named Louise who had seen us speak at a local event.
We saw it as a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and potentially investment so we applied to be part of the pitch competition and when we got through we also learnt that we would get a booth in the Launch Pad zone for both days.”
Apps World was the first large app ecosystem event that the team had taken part in “It was all very exciting and it really lived up to the hype as we managed to meet with so many interesting and helpful people over the 2 days. The highlight of the event was winning the award for Best Startup Pitch against an international line up of very impressive startups. The support and validation from both the public and industry experts alike have been amazing and we are still buzzing!"
Apps World and its Startup Launch Pad will be returning next year, keep an eye out on Startacus for all the latest news and updates, and don't forget to check out all of this year's innovative Launch Pad Startups.
Finding the right supplier for your business can seem daunting when those you are looking at are overseas. So here are some things to think about when starting a relationship with and working with an overseas supplier.
AIB Start-up Academy Summit returns to Belfast!
13th Jan 2017
Northern Ireland startups and entrepreneurs listen up! The AIB Start-up Academy Summit will be back in Belfast and we’ve all the important info you need to bag your free ticket to attend!
Newcastle Startup Week Set to Inspire
11th Jan 2017
Newcastle Startup Week - a new festival of entrepreneurship aims to inspire local people to start businesses and attract greater inward investment to the city and wider North East of England region.