Startup Village firms sweep BizSpark regional challenge

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Kochi: A cloud based social decision making platform, a potentially revolutionary multimedia device and a gesture-based touchless interface for Windows have emerged winners of the regional round of the prestigious Microsoft BizSpark Challenge 2013.

What is common to all three is that they are innovations by young entrepreneurs being nurtured by India’s first telecom technology incubator, Startup Village based in Kochi.

The winner of the competition, DecideQuick has produced a novel tool to help people make smart and informed decisions. According to its developers it is the first-ever platform to use social data analytics and co-own private social data to help people choose products and services. The programme gives recommendations to the user based on real-time analysis of the opinions of friends, influencers and the public on social networks.

QEdge, the first runner up, is the only campus start-up to make its way into the regional rounds of the BizSpark Challenge. Its three co-founders Nithin George, Jibin Jose and Jacob Mani are still in college and are currently incubating their firm at Startup Village. Their flagship product is the QPlay hardware device which is capable of turning a normal television set into a smart TV.

RHLvision Interactive LLP, the second runner up is again a nascent establishment at Startup Village that has developed a touchless interface for Windows smartphones that enable users to change songs or play games using gesture control. Founded by Rohildev N and his friends Jithesh and Famees, RHL is for Robotic Human Logic and the company is working on technologies such as computer vision and natural user interface.

The winner and the two runners-up at the Challenge held on May 29 received a purse of $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman, Startup Village said, “Our facility is a mine of talent, novel business ideas and innovative products; and events such as the BizSpark Challenge provide an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to gain the validation and mentoring their businesses need”.

The Microsoft BizSpark India Startup Challenge 2013 is the event’s biggest edition yet. It had, for the first time, 100 finalists competing in regional events being organised across 10 cities, with a national grand finale slated to be held in Bangalore on June 7.

Kerala IT News

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