SAN FRANCISCO and MILAN, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Guidewire Group, the world's leading analyst firm focused exclusively on startups and emerging markets, held a regional 'Pitch Slam' event in Milan, Italy on May 28, 2010 and Threeplicate, an Italian startup whose mission is to create "software that works," beat out stiff competition to take first place. Runners-up at the Pitch Slam included Sentimetrix, a startup that helps measure sentiments or opinions expressed via electronic media, and Pantea, which allows companies to build tailored mobile media marketing solutions.
The Innovate!2010 Pitch Slam in Milan is one of over 20 Pitch Slam events that Guidewire Group is hosting this year across Europe and the United States. At each Pitch Slam, startups are evaluated by a panel of expert judges using the G/Score, Guidewire Group's proprietary assessment methodology for evaluating startup success and business viability. The judges at the Milan Pitch Slam were: Maria Teresa Aviles, project manager at the University Incubator of Politecnico di Milano; Evan Nisselson, founder and CEO of Digital Railroad; and Matteo Rizzi, innovation leader at SWIFT.
The G/Scores will be aggregated from all of the Pitch Slams, normalized across markets, stages and segments, and then ranked to determine the Innovate!100. Innovate!2010 partners with market leaders like Best Buy, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, O2, RIM, Oracle and SWIFT and serves as a platform for these corporations to quickly identify and partner with high-potential startups.
More information, including videos from the Milan Pitch Slam, can be found at www.innovate100.com. Congratulations to all of the startups that were invited to present in Milan:
DriveK: Car configuration platform designed to change the way people select, configure, compare and buy their new car.
GET Corporation: Geo-location service to help customers find the nearest taxi driver.
Intelligrate: Application to detect anomalies in user behavior during online banking transactions to prevent fraud.
LiquidWeb: Creator of WiTube, an interactive lamp delivers Web content like podcasts and news through a wireless Internet connection.
LM: Monetization tool for code and content owners to get paid wherever their work appears on the open web.
Noesis: Revenue optimization platform with automatic real-time learning and adapting capabilities.
Pantea: Provides pre-integrated tools that allow customers to build tailored mobile media marketing, mobile media and social media solutions.
Pervactive: Developer of a new genre of Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) that uses a proprietary, patented MMPGTech engine to allow users to play the same game on a PC and on a mobile device.
Sentimetrix: Technology framework to measure sentiments or opinions expressed in electronic media, such as news, blogs or newsgroups.
Spreaker: Social web radio: a platform for creating and broadcasting audio content over the Internet.
Threeplicate: Simplifies and automates the software UI localization process by integrating with existing tools already in use at software development firms.
Innovate!2010 is a global competition to identify and promote the top 100 global technology start-ups. The program enables the most promising startups to gain access to resources and opportunities to accelerate the growth of their companies. Innovate!2010 also enables its partners, including technology and telecommunications vendors, government agencies, professional services providers, technology scouts and investors, to identify and engage hundreds of highly vetted, fast-growing startups and raise their brand profile in the global startup community. Innovate!2010 sponsors and partners include leading organizations like Alacatel-Lucent, BestBuy, Cisco Systems, Comcast, DifferenceEngine, eBay, EMC, HP, HSBC, Hearst, IBM, LaPoste, LG Electronics, Microsoft, O2 Litmus, Oracle, PayPal, PWC, Quickstart Global, RIM, SAP, Silicon Valley Bank, Sony, SWIFT, Turner Broadcasting, Verizon, and the City of Zaragoza; as well as European and US economic development agencies, and dozens of leading angel and venture capital investors.
About Guidewire Group, Inc.
Guidewire Group is a global market intelligence and advisory firm passionate about technology entrepreneurship. Our exclusive focus on early-stage companies and emerging technology markets drives insight and opportunity to our clients and community. At the heart of our offerings is the G/Score™, a proprietary assessment tool that brings clarity and focus to the art of transforming ideas into successful enterprises. Developed over the course of more than 20,000 startup interviews, the G/Score has proven to be a reliable predictor of startup viability and promise. Our G/Score data helps technology investors, customers and platform vendors rapidly qualify and respond to startup deal flow from even thousands of startups. Our G/Score assessment tools help startups, investors, service providers and government agencies to identify and benchmark competitive strengths and weaknesses, and our Studio G business acceleration programs helps startups achieve their growth objectives with clarity of purpose, speed and efficiency.
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