It isn’t easy being lean. But some startups competing in this year’s Launch 2012 are about to enjoy the fruits of fat city.
The annual Launch Festival 2012 kicked off March 7 with Israel President Shimon Peres keynoting. It’s a fast-paced event, now in its fifth year. Launch 2012 matches early-stage startups with major cash from tech investors — more than $1M in cash total is at stake for the startup companies vying for the top slots.
Julie Blaustein and I returned to Launch on Day Two and the competition was fierce. Here are the winners, starting with the top dog — the best all around startup as seen by venture firm Charles River Partners (CRV).
CRV awarded $100K to not one but two startups it judged to be the best of the best of the ten winners in the show’s two separate competitions: 1.0 for extremely early stage or stealth startups and the traditional 2.0 competition other early stage startups. And the winners were ultra early stage startups, Captricity and Minbox.
Space Monkey was a big winner at Launch 2012. It swept up the Launch 1.0 Best of Show prize and the most cash of any startup in attendance.
In the traditional competition — now called Competition 2.o — here are winners in these five categories. These companies have previously launched but unveiled significant new features, upgrades or extensions of their products at Launch 2012.
Overall Winner/Best of Show
Alltuition is the TurboTax for financial aid and helps students manage, prioritize and submit their applications for financial aid.
With YouEye you can conduct online usability testing with webcam eye tracking.
Wanderfly gives you a place to discover and visually travel around the globe with recommendations from people you trust.
Best Business Model
Docstock has all the documents and resources to help small businesses more successfully start and grow.
Vocre is a new spin on the traditional translation app. Language is not a barrier.
And in the new Competition 1.0 for the earliest of early stage startups, here are the winners:
Overall Winner/Best in Show
To launch this summer, Space Monkey generated a ton of buzz at Launch 2012. It’s an inexpensive data storage system ala Dropbox and BitTorrent.
Diamond in the Rough
Copper is a service that makes it easy for anyone to show their appreciation for the work they enjoy.
Captricity’s hosted data entry web app and API helps organizations that use paper forms quickly extract quality data into spreadsheets.
Minbox is an email client focused on people, not messages. And it’s quite good looking.
Best Business Model
AppStack makes it easy for local businesses to get mobile customers, just give them your number and they will do the work for you.
That’s Suspicious Behavior is a virtual neighborhood watch that lets users view and report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and communities.
There were a lot of changes at the last minute with investors and I quote “doubling down” cash prizes and splitting awards among multiple winners. And the winners are:
Couple Street $25,000
Space Monkey $276,000
That’s Suspicious Behavior $50,000
Which brings the grand total of monies awarded to $1,076,000 by our calculations.
We at aNewDomain.net congratulate all the winners and plan thorough reviews of each one soon.
A great show!
Photo credit: Julie Blaustein