Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Zooppa is the winner!

In an unusual cold and rainy evening in Sunnyvale (CA), the MTB Gran Finale got to its apax.
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!


88buff said...

Congratulations to Wil and the rest of the team over at Zooppa!

Tara Kelly said...

Congrats Wil - it was great to meet you and all the startups during this time. Truly a fascinating group.

Great work, and see you at the $1B mark ;)

Giulia said...

Thank you to all the Mind the Bridge team for making the event so good! The two months here in the Silicon Valley were the best experience ever for me and a major source of learn and inspiration for my company TheReliables.net. To all the next year participants: come here! To this year's group of startups: thank you it was great to spend some time with you and helping each other! To Wil: congratulations -- we want to make an zooppa ad for thereliables soon!

alberto dottavi - infoservi.it said...

best congrats to Zooppa! I'm so happy for having been one of their first supporter... :) great job guys!