Wow!! What a crazy weekend that was! 60 participants, 15 mentors, 4 speakers and 5 judges later the results of the second Startup Weekend Taipei are as follows:
1st place: Advintage
Advintage aims to put the right wines in the hands of the right customers, by sending sample boxes that narrow your tastes over time by using a clever algorithm. The judges all believed that if they can pull this off it’s a massive market, and being in Taiwan is perfect as we are the world’s third largest importer of vino (I might have something to do with that!)
2nd place: Drimmit
Do you have a dream? I do. I wish I’d finished this blog post earlier. By using Drimmit, I can set tangible mile stones and am thus more likely to achieve my objectives. You want to save the whales? Sure! Band together with your friends or others to sink a harpoon ship and help each other be the change you want to see. Again, the judges felt that Drimmit was a scale-able solution for dreams both small and large.
3rd place: Unomy
Sometimes it can be hard finding people with the same interests, and often you want to go to an event but have nobody to go with. What Unomy does is connect these people beforehand and let them make plans together. In this way, people can make connections easily and effortlessly. I know you, unomy.
On behalf of the entire Startup Weekend Taipei team, I would like to thank our gracious and accommodating hosts, Google Taiwan, without which this event would not have had a home. In particular, we’d like to express our sincerest gratitude to Tony Chan, Android Advocate, for his patience, assistance and for giving up his weekend to come play with us! We’d also like to thank Ellis Wang, for his words of wisdom on Friday and for getting behind SWTaipei in the beginning, without his efforts, this event would not have happened.
We’d also like to thank our amazing sponsors, Cacoo (Nulab), Google Taiwan, Gist, and The Executive Centre Taipei. It is organizations such as these that can help light a fire in Taiwan’s startup community by nurturing and supporting new teams and new ideas. We appreciate all that you have done for us, from providing financial support to lending us your employees (Someda-san!!) as mentors, helpers and facilitators. Of course, we’d also like to express our warmest thanks to the army of mentors who gave up their Saturdays and Sundays to come and provide help and advice to all the participants. We hope that some of you can keep in touch with these people, they are hiring!!!! (Vpon, Fliptop, Patisco especially!)
Just one more thing……..
We’d like to thank you, the participants, for getting in the car and going on this crazy 54-hour journey with us. Startup Weekend is about doing, not thinking about doing, and you did it! Some of you will hopefully carry on down this road, and some of you may not. Whatever you do, take some of the Startup Weekend spirit with you! Oh, and tell your friends to come join us next time!