Guidewire Group has announced on 3rd of December the Innovate!100 list. The list features, according to the blog post, the 100 most innovative and fastest growing startups from around the world. The participants have been chosen based on the 30 or so Pitch Slam contests which were held on five continents over a duration of 10 months.
Edicy, the Estonian startup that enables people to create their own websites without knowing any technical issues affiliated with website design. I first met Tõnu Runnel in Le Web Paris last year and interviewed them regarding the product. He was also pitching their company in the startup track among other European startups.
We are excited to have our 4th ArcticEvening today in Tallinn, Estonia. The tickets flew off the shelf, but to maintain the unique and cozy atmosphere and make sure everyone feels at home we limited the tickets to 150.
I am equally excited to announce the four startups that will be pitching at the event. In no particular order, here goes:
Snoobi - is a Finnish born innovative software services company specializing in Online Business Intelligence (OBI). We are committed to provide our clients with tools that help improve business in marketing and sales, as well as help with functions that regard decision-making and planning stages.. Snoobi was the fastest growing young technology company in Finland (Deloitte Fast 50 study, Nov 2008)
Scred - is a Finnish company building tools and services to help friends, groups and communities manage their money. Scred will be demostrating their new service, MiniCorps, first time in real life as the new service is so new it's just out of the oven. You can read our latest review of Scred's latest product release here.
Nutiteq - is an Estonian mobile Java development company specializing to mobile location-based services and applications. You can find our previous coverage of Nutiteq here. That's not all though, as the team at Nutiteq is pitching for a brand new product concept, which they have not releaved to wider public ever before.
Edicy - is an Estonian startup that provides an easy-to-use tool to create a website in a few minutes from start to finish. There are tens of designs to choose from and a website can be up and running in fifteen minutes. You can see our interview with Edicy at LeWeb here.
Sten Tamkivi, Chief Evangelist, Skype
Sten Tamkivi is Skype’s Chief Evangelist, building relationships with engineering communities, media, governments and academia around the world. Based in Tallinn, he also looks after Skype Estonia, our largest office globally as local General Manager.
Allan Martinson, Managing Partner, MTVP
Allan Martinson is currently the Managing Partner at MTVP. During his career as an entrepreneur, Martinson has been launching, managing and exiting several companies in the Baltic TMT sector, all of which became leaders in their respective industries.
Taneli Tikka, CEO, RunToShop
Taneli Tikka, a serial entrepreneur and dealmaker, has an active history of startup life. Taneli has been an entrepreneur since 1999 and has headed multiple companies including; IRC-Galleria.net (Sulake Dynamoid), RunToShop, Magenta, MobileCRM, and Taika Technologies.
Sombiz is a Social Media Business Network of Finnish social media & Web 2.0 companies, research institutions, and other organisations and individuals operating in the field of social media.
Sombiz provides a network for organisations to collaborate, learn from each other, and create partnerships. By connecting business with research Sombiz is stimulating the creation of new innovations. The ultimate goal for Sombiz is to find new business opportunities and help companies to grow and go international.
Sombiz operates as a thematic network of the Finnish Digibusiness Cluster and is a part of the government funded Centre of Expertise Programme (OSKE). In 2008 the building of the Sombiz network was selected as the national "OSKE Top Project". The project is funded by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
The background organisation of Sombiz is Technology Centre Hermia Ltd.
Sombiz is a Finnish-based network operating internationally. The strategy of Sombiz is a "BUGC" approach: linking Business, Universities, Government, and Communities in order to build and boost the social media business ecosystem.
Hammarström Puhakka Partners
One more video from LeWeb for the Christmas holidays. We had a chat with Tõnu Runnel in LeWeb, just after his startup competition pitch. He is one of the founders of Edicy, an Estonian startup, creating a web service to more easily build and design websites. The demo Tõnu gave on stage made the product look extremely cool and easy to use. They have also nicely attracted traction online, so it's not just us who think they have a shot at making it.
Tõnu has also given us invites to share with our readers so the first to ten to leave a comment on why Edicy could have a shot at making it or in contrast - why they won't (with constructive criticism) will get a code in the e-mail on Sunday, the 28th of December.
You can follow the Le Web conference live on ArcticStartup. Below is the main stage feed and the startup competition feed is at the bottom. For the schedule, refer to the program. At about 10.20 CET, Finnish Zipipop will be speaking at the startup track and the Estonian based Edicy will be on at around 14.40 CET.
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LeWeb has announced their startup contestors and judges for this year’s Startup Competition. From the 30 companies there is one from China and Israel, five from US and 23 European companies, including Finnish Zipipop(previously covered) and Estonian based instant website creator Edicy.
The deal is that each company gets 7 minutes to pitch to the judges on the day. Winners of the competition will then have a chance to present their companies on the LeWeb main stage and additionally SUN Microsystems will offer a server to three final winners.
We at ArcticStartup congratulate and hope for the best for all startups but especially for our own Zipipop and Edicy. At least Zipipop has a nice track record with a win at Mobile 2.0 Europe and recent experience at Mindrek Startup Launchpad.
See the full list.