Senior investors from eleven of Europe’s heavyweight Venture Capital firms met at Campus London on June 17th, 2015, to hear the 12 Tech All Stars finalists pitch and crown Triprebel, the winner of Tech All Stars 2015.
The competition was tense as can be expected when throwing 12 top graduates from accelerator & incubators into one room under the curious yet critical eyes of top investors. But TripRebel CEO, Carlos Borges, impressed the judges with a convincing pitch about their unconventional hotel booking business that rebels against overpriced hotel rooms at the customer’s highest convenience and preference, taking the trophy and title of “best European startup 2015” awarded by the European Commission.
Triprebel is not the only winner of Tech All Stars. Alongside Triprebel, runners up Winnow and Watly were invited to join the private network of leading digital and technology entrepreneurs and investors at the Founders Forum on June 18th, 2015. The same three Tech All Stars met the Investors at Capital on Stage on June 30th, 2015, in London and in November, they will take to the stage again at the NOAH conference in London to show their progress five months after the enormous investor attention at Tech All Stars.
The EuropeanPioneers team was also present at Tech All Stars and so impressed with Watly, who intend to provide solutions for providing access to clean water and sanitation, free-energy and connectivity that they gave them a wild card directly to the EuropeanPioneers selection days where Watly could walk away with up EUR 250,000 of equity free funding. Software pioneers for the visually impaired, Give Vision, will be attending the ICT conference in Lisbon on October 20th to 22nd, 2015, and lastly, Zoomsquare, the Austrian startup that matches people with homes the smart way walks away as a winner pocketing an exclusive membership at the new German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) where they can easily access the German market from this premium connected hub.
The 12 Tech All Stars finalists were chosen by a qualified selection committee from amongst hundreds of applications from around the European Union. To qualify, companies have to be younger than 3 years and have raised less than €1m in external funding. On 17th June the selected starups participated in a day of intense pitch and term sheet negotiation training to be equipped for what follows Tech All Stars. During a networking dinner and following the pitche battle the Tech All Stars finalists made significant connections with jury and guests from Accel Partners, Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Forward Partners, DN Capital, White Star Capital, Frontline Ventures, EC1 Capital, Addidi, Connect Ventures, Notion Capital, Earlybird and more.
The competition is part of Startup Europe, the European Commission's initiative to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs.
About the 12 finalists
- TripRebel (winner 2015) – helps customers get the best hotel room for the lowest price, even after they book
- Watly (runner-up 2015) - provides solutions to some of the fundamental and global human needs
- Winnow (runner-up) - helps to hospitality industry tackle avoidable food waste
- Descape - connects users with different professionals who become hosts for jobs
- Harimata - uses touch-based gameplay to detect the early signs of autism in toddlers
- Give Vision - develops wearable Computer Vision Technology that enable blind and visually impaired people to read text, recognise faces, objects and places
- Ingen.io - creates context and surfaces named entities
- Konnektid - offers peer-to-peer learning experiences
- Videopath – allows marketers to connect web content to specific moments in a video, driving in-video
- conversion and engagement
- M2MGO - offer a profound knowledge of the entire value chain of the M2M market
- Zoomsquare - matches people with homes
- Usher U - makes it easy for cinemas to sell empty seats to local consumers
About previous winners
Previous winners of the Tech All Stars competition have gone on to continued business success. 2014 UK-based winner Clear Returns have become a leader in helping their clients predict and understand ecommerce returns thereby saving them millions. 2013 winner Trustev, a security services company from Ireland raised more than $3.80M shortly after Tech All Stars. Barcelona-based Cognicor artificial intelligence won in 2012 and has since raised more than $1M.