Friday, August 12, 2011

Bachbill is selected for the second round of Vodafone Mobile Clicks

   A couple of months ago, we were told about Vodafone Mobile Clicks and, although we are not 100% focussed on the mobile market, we decided to send them our business plan.
   Last Tuesday (9th Aug), we got great news, we were selected as one of the five shortlisted startups in Spain and we are in the second round of the contest.
   Next step will be to attend a meeting in Madrid (22nd August) to compete for being the country finalist who will go Amsterdam to the worldwide final.
   Luis Carvalho who has sound and long experience in the mobile market will be the one holding Bachbill's stake on the 22nd meeting.
   We hope Bachbill's flexibility, extendibility and easiness of integration will be appreciated by the audience and, why not, by the judges. Wish us good luck! :-)

About Vodafone Mobile Clicks:
Vodafone Mobile Clicks is an international contest to identify and develop the best, most innovative mobile internet start-ups.  Announced at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, the closing date for entries is midnight CET on 12th June, 2011.
Already known as the biggest start-up competition of its kind, this year’s Vodafone Mobile Clicks is open to seven markets. Any start-up in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Turkey or the United Kingdom that has a mobile site, service or application can compete for the €225,000 prize fund.

Judging will take place over three rounds. Firstly, each competing market will draw up a shortlist of their five best submissions, then a local winner will be selected. Lastly, all seven local winners will be invited to represent their country in a live final at the PICNIC festival in the Netherlands on 15th – 16th September 2011, where the overall winner will be chosen.
This year’s high-profile judges include Rudy de Waele, founder of Mobile 2.0 Europe and dotopen; Peter Barry, Head of VC and Start-up at Vodafone Ventures; Paul Jozefak, Neuhaus Partners; Reshma Sohoni, Partner at Seedcamp, and Lee Epting, Director of Content Services at Vodafone Group. Each judge will score entries based on five criteria: 
  1. Originality, creativity and innovativeness
  2. Technical and operational feasibility
  3. Economic and financial viability
  4. Value to end-users
  5. The quality of the management team (e.g. their experience, knowledge, skills, relationships)

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