Startup World Cup, a global startup competition comparable to Seedstars World in scale and ambition, held its final event in San Francisco last week.
15 startups pitched to a panel of judges, going after a US$1 million prize.
The finalists are winners of regional pitch battles. In the past months, Startup World Cup hosted similar events in cities across the globe.
Japanese startup UniFa was crowned the winner of this first edition of Startup World Cup.
UniFa’s concept that may sound creepy to some and futuristic to others. The company 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. (Disclosure: Fenox VC is an investor in Tech in Asia. See our ethics page for details. The VC firm threw its full weight behind the endeavor – tech A-listers like Steve Wozniak, Guy Kawasaki, Tim Draper, and Alexis Ohanian were among the speakers and jury members at the final event.
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.