Japanese startup UniFa wins the 1st edition of Startup World Cup-2017

Japanese startup UniFa wins the 1st edition of Startup World Cup-2017

Posted by P. Charitha on April 4th 2017

Startup World Cup, a global startup competition comparable to Seedstars World in scale and ambition, held its final event in San Francisco last week.
Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition that endeavours to bring together the top startups, VCs, entrepreneurs and world-class tech CEOs. It is partnering with some of world’s largest conferences and tech events to host 16 regional startup competitions for North & South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
15 startups pitched to a panel of judges ( Tim Draper of DFJ, David Cohen of Techstars, Kevin Hale of Y Combinator, Eric Feng of KPCB, Alireza Masrour of Plug & Play Ventures, Lisa Suennen of GE Ventures, and Edith Yeung of 500 Startups) , for a US$1 million prize and Japanese start-up UniFa was crowned the winner of this first edition of Startup World Cup.
UniFa’s  concept is futuristic where it offers a suite of smart devices, like a robot, a thermometer, and bed, intended to collect data from children as they attend kindergarten to give parents a better way to connect with their child’s experience.
Open Bionics from the United Kingdom took the second spot. Its product is a 3D-printed bionic arm for amputees. Indonesian startup Ahlijasa came in third. It’s an app for on-demand household services like laundry.
The driving force behind Startup World Cup is Fenox Venture Capital. Though headquartered in the US, Fenox has a strong footprint in Southeast Asia. It runs an accelerator called G&B in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. Ahlijasa, one of the winners, was also a participant in this accelerator program.
The rest of the finalists from the regional rounds included: 
• Crysp (India)
• SnappyScreen (New York, USA)
• Light & Data Technology (China)
• Delvv.io (South Africa)
• Entropix (California, USA)
• ShipVio (Czech Republic)
• Fitly (Boston, USA)
• Uprise (Australia)
• Jarvish (Taiwan)
• Epsilon (Luxembourg)
• LiveCare (South Korea)
• 3DPrinterOS (Texas, USA)
The regional winner for the Startup World Cup 2017 India event was Crysp which is into providing smart authentication APIs that help businesses move beyond passwords based on how they interact with their devices, leveraging their device-usage patterns, typing rhythm, gestures and touch-related sensor data etc. 


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