Startup Nation Have a Winner for StartUp Open IL Competition

Sep 23, 2014, 05:40 ET from GEW Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel, September 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

BreezoMeter won the StartUp Open Israel competition

StartUp Open was originally launched as part of the Kauffman Foundation in 2010 and is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is one of the world's largest competitions for startup companies, boosting participation from over 30 countries.

StartUp Open welcomes entrepreneurs from all over the world to share their business skills and gain global exposure to help startups develop their ideas.

The Israeli winner of the competition, BreezoMeter, ran in the finals in front of six other companies, and will automatically enter the list of the World's Top 50 Most Promising Startups, also known as the GEW50 There he will compete on the global package of the competition prizes. He will also receive a business and strategic Consulting and get the opportunity to present his products to the international community during Global Entrepreneurship week in November 2014.

BreezoMeter was invented to make air pollution visible. Using real time big data analysis BreezoMeter presents air quality information at street level resolution.

According to Ran Korber (CEO) and Emil Fisher (CTO): "A real victory for BreezoMeter will be when people check air quality at their location like they check the weather. BreezoMeter just launched its wearable compatible App to enable users to monitor air quality around them in real time. And we are in discussions with major companies and other vertical markets to integrate BreezoMeter technology into their offerings."

In second place came DCDI, an early stage startup, which is developing the fastest dental impression technology in the world. This 3D technology has a multi-billion-dollar market in the US and other developed countries, and huge humanitarian impact in the third world according to Dr. Anat Sharon, co-founder and Prosthodontist, and Amit Zilberstein, CEO of DCDI. 

In Israel the competition takes place under the umbrella of "Global Entrepreneurship Week IL" in collaboration with Barnea & Co Law firm, Jerusalem Department of Authority (JNext), the MIT Enterprise Forum IL, Tze'irim BaMerkaz (Youth Center Jerusalem) and Made in Jerusalem.

The final competition was held at the Tze'irim BaMerkaz center in Jerusalem, in the presence of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, investment entities, startups, high-tech executives and an interested audience.

The jury of the competition included: Managing Partner from Barnea & Co, Michael Barnea; Chairperson of Global Entrepreneurship Week of Israel, Ayla Matalon; Manager of the Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship project at the Jerusalem Development Authority, Stav Erez; Head of the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship, Professor Niron Hashai; CEO of Algomizer Ltd, Noam Band; Co-Founder of Gilat Satellite Networks, Joshua Levinberg; Founder and CEO of Continuity Software, Gil Hecht; CEO of Pilat Media, Avi Engel; and Partner at  AfterDox, Micki Scheinbach.

According to Noam Band, board member Global Entrepreneurship Week IL and CEO of Algomizer Ltd, "This competition promotes creative and innovative ideas in a variety of areas and contributes to empowering both entrepreneurs and areas. About GEW IL: Israel may seem to people like the StartUp Nation; however, most of these ventures are in the Tel Aviv area. There is a huge lack in the peripheries of Israel and we focus on them! The high school pupils, ultra-Orthodox Jews, Arabs, Druze, immigrants from Africa and more."

Additionally, Michael Barnea, Managing Partner from Barnea & Co, said, "I am delighted at the opportunity Barnea & Co. has had to take part in this special event. With our experience in working with entrepreneurs in all phases of incorporation, raising capital and launching technology and life science startups, we were able to contribute is considering and selecting the contestants in the competition. Thus we were able to allow the next generation of entrepreneurs theopportunity to present their ideas and receive international exposure."

Gil Shourka, National Coordinator GEW - Israel
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