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The Romanian startup conference How to Web pushed the important field of biotech into the spotlight of the startup competition, as the Bulgarian startup Smart Hand wins the first prize with its myoelectric prosthetic hand that feels. Here is a video with a short history of the project and what Georgi Chipov and Dimitar Konev are set to achieve.
The runner-up was Hungarian Synetiq – the company that helps marketeers gather intelligence about the emotional impact of the online ads. Synetiq is expanding its tester community that uses head sets with sensors and the information about the emotional response is collected from the sensors, aggregated and processed by Synetiq.
Wyliodrin (Romania) received IXIA Innovation Award for its web-based tools for embedded development.
All finalists receive $20,000 cash prizes offered by IXIA Romania, as well as access to Microsoft Azure platform, participation at Softlayer Catalyst startup program, time with Jon Bradford, the managing director of TechStars acceleration program and legal adice from Biris Goran. Other bonuses include pitches to Startup Bootcamp, simplified application to Seedcamp events, access to Hub:raum workshop in Cracow, cloud infrastructure of Rackspace (no further details here), premium accounts at Evernote and others. This is probably the longest list of goodies that startups get out of the pitching competition that I have ever seen. That and the fact that 40+ media partners that covered the event in CEE and beyond, will hopefully attract many more teams to participate in the Startup Spotlight competition at How to Web in the coming years.
There were total of 32 startups pitching during the competition, and 8 were shortlisted. Beside Smart Hand these were Appticles (Romania), DataMaid (Bulgaria), Daisy Pi (Romania), Synetiq (Hungary), Squirrly (Romania) and by now omnipresent Zzzzapp (Bulgaria).
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