After 3 intense days of startup pitches to packed audiences, we reveal the winners of this years’ competitions that took place during 4YFN Barcelona 2017!
4YFN Awards 2017
3 Themes, 3 Competitions, 3 Days, 3 Winners! After receiving 325 entries from contestants spanning over 110 cities in 45 countries worldwide, this years´ 24 selected finalists showcased their ideas from a one day booth and took it in turns to take centre stage in the Banco Sabadell arena and compete for the winning title!
Hosted by the co-founder of F6S and Tech.eu, Jon Bradford, the 2017 Awards were split into the following themes: Disrupted by Mobile (Monday), Internet of Things (Tuesday) and Digital Media (Wednesday). Each theme involved the finalists pitching, followed by a panel of judges announcing the winner.
Congratulations to the 4YFN Awards 2017 winners:
Disrupted by Mobile
WeFarm (London, UK) – a platform that crowdsources vital agricultural information for farmers in remote areas who may not have the use of the internet.
The judging panel was represented by Roy Ramon (Intel Corporation), Sean Seton-Rogers (Profounders Capital), Yolanda Perez (Banc Sabadell), Rodrigo Martinez (Point Nine Capital) and Abdul Malek Al Jaber (Mena Apps).
Internet of Things
hu:toma (London, UK) offers a marketplace to create, monetise and leverage deep learning chatbots.
The judging panel was represented by Krishna Visvanathan (Crane Venture Partners), Mehrdad Piroozram (Insurtech.vc), Donna Nguyenphuoc (Sparq Technology Investors Society), Guy Horowitz (Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners) and Walter Masalin (Nokia Growth Partners).
TheMotion (Madrid, Spain) offers video technology that enables any company with a digital product catalogue to create video ads for every product in their catalogue, effortlessly and speedily.
The judging panel was represented by Aurore Belfrage (Eqt Ventures), Richard Muirhead (Openocean), Jose Del Barrio (Samaipata Ventures), Itamar Novick (Big Swing Ventures) and Anne-Valerie Bach (Serena Capital).
Women4Tech’s Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge
The six chosen finalists were given a booth in the 4YFN innovation market for the three days as part of their finalist prize. Throughout the three days, this unique startup corner was inundated with visitors, all eager to find out more about how they plan to disrupt the tech industry by driving diversity forward and bridging the gender gap within the industry. The challenge took place on Tuesday 28 February on the Nestlé stage and drew in a huge crowd, all in support of this initiative.
After an hour of pitches and deliberating, the results were in and the judges announced that the winner of the Women4Tech’s Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge 2017 was:
TeamEQ (Spain) – a unique analytics HR tool in real time that has been designed to increase a team’s global performance and collective intelligence.
The judging panel was represented by Ivo Lukas (24Notion), Gina Tost (Geenapp), Terri Mead (Sand Hill Angels), Milagros Sainz (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute), Reine Essobmadje (Evolving Consulting) and Cecilia Tham (Assemble.rs)
Global Mobile Challenge (EU Mobile Challenge)
The EU Mobile Challenge is part of a global strategy that brings together entrepreneurship and mobile innovation amongst young professionals around the world.
The competition was divided into mobile challenge regions: Europe, US & Latin America, Eurasia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Each region ran their own local competitions and the winners from each region battled it out on the Nestlé stage in the grand finale on 1 March with the hope of being crowned global mobile app winner of 2017.
Congratulations to the Global Mobile Challenge 2017 winner:
ShopBack is Singapore’s top cashback website, offering a platform for e-commerce discovery and loyalty.
Best British Mobile Startup 2017
The competition organised by KPMG’s Tech Growth practice saw pitching competitions take place in four cities in the UK to find four outstanding mobile finalists from over 100 applications to the competition.
Congratulations to SafeToNet, who successfully fought off the competition and was crowned Best British Mobile Startup 2017 on the Nestlé stage.
SafeToNet is a cyber safety company that safeguards children from abuse and harmful content on social media. The business uses self-learning algorithms that use data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works.
Commenting on the competition, Patrick Imbach who leads KPMG’s Tech Growth team in London said:
“SafeToNet is a worthy winner with a great purpose and addressing a real problem. This is a hugely exciting business who stood out from the crowd in doing something really innovative and different. They are fantastic representatives of what is coming out of the UK’s significant tech startup community, which is consistently producing these hidden gems who are doing great things.”
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, especially to those who took part in the competitions! Innovation was truly running wild during the event, with talent and expertise from all corners of the globe. We have seen some fantastic and very promising projects arise over the three days and we wish you the best of luck with your future endeavours! Until next time, folks!