Thu, 29 October 2015
More than 1000 companies around the world entered for a chance to pitch Sir Richard Branson in a global startup competition called The Extreme Tech Challenge.
The top 25 will be announced this Sunday at a big fundraiser in San Francisco between the parent company of the Extreme Tech Challenge, MaiTai Global and Ocean Elders, a group of dignitaries and visionaries around the world whose purpose is to save oceans.
I run the competition along with the brainchild of both the Extreme Tech Challenge and MaiTai Global, Bill Tai.
And we have been combing through all of the applications over the past couple weeks.
The innovation happening globally is incredible.
Over the next hour get ready to hear about some of the coolest, some of the weirdest and some of the most impactful companies being created in places like Capetown South Africa, Bulgaria, Serbia, Tel Aviv, Milan, Tokayo and more.
Here is a shortlist of the many we discuss:
Vow To Be Chic- Bridesmaid dress rental.
Cosign- Allows you to shop directly from a picture.
Caysh-Send customized digital giftcards
Zave App- Rounds up to the dollar and puts that money into a savings or investment account.
Innovation in Emerging Countries
Golden Minds- Building a biometric finger scanner to prevent baby theft in Serbia
Bibak-A company, which is located in Milan, italy, that has created a unique combo of sensors able to detect even plastic and wooden landmines across multiple terrains. Their first market is Afghanistan.
Wakati.org- This company has created solar powered food storage to be used by farmers in emerging countries to make more money off their crop and have less waste from food spoiling.
Innovative Health Solutions- Developing a tooth scanner with a smart sensor that will help diagnose tooth disease or potential of it at an early stage.
Singfit- It's an app which combines the clinical power of singing with a musical therapist designed program that has been proven to elevate the mood of people with dementia by 42%.
Captive Media-This company is reaching millennial men "where they are" at the urinal with engaging content on video screens at each station.
Video Checkout- A checkout button is built into videos on Facebook to allow people to donate instantly.
Massroots.com- The worlds largest social network for cannabis
Seattle Cannabis Exchange- A platform that creates business management systems for people in that business. There are specific laws that growers and sellers must follow and they need to even track seeds. This system helps companies do that.
Dogstar Life- Happiness tracker for dogs.
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