The startup-impressive ambiance of the Plug&Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, filled up by 6.30PM with an interesting mix of somewhat-Italian-related professionals, professional Silicon Valley investors, and startups representatives from multiple corners of the world (with a high concentration from India)...
And the participants didn't get disappointed. Italian style food&drinks (and free), the right group of people and ... some amazing startups!
The presentation level of all participants was on par with the energy that all the MTB volunteers put on the table in the last few weeks... meaning, awesome!
After an impressive delivery of well structured (and all within the 7 min time limit!) presentations, the jury nominated (unanimously) Zooppa as the winner of the 2008/9 BP competition.
Wil Merritt, from Zooppa, brought home a nice plaque, a bunch of compliments and a great deal of expectations from everybody.
What matters now, is who will be the first of the 6 presenting projects, to reach the $1B bar as a business.
The race just started.
But for the moment, let us just savour our Italian made tiramisu, at a bit of glory for the new Italian-generated technology!