European Commission’s Tech All Stars – top three new startups in Europe announced



The winners of the first stage of the European Commission's Tech All Stars startup competition are out: Ecochain, Snap Fashion and Trustev will go on to compete for the top spot this week in London. 

Tech All Stars gives startup teams the chance to pitch – all-expenses paid – at top startup events in Europe. The first stage took place at last weekend's Angelsbootcamp in Berlin (above). The second will coincide with the exclusive Founders Forum in London this Thursday – the team crowned "best new startup in Europe" there will be invited to the European Commission's Digital Agenda event on 19 June in Dublin.

It's part of a number of new initiatives to foster web entrepreneurship, including the high-profile Leaders Club and European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes' upcoming tour to visit startups in Europe.

Ecochain, Snap Fashion and Trustev win over the jury in Berlin

Ecochain, from the Netherlands, makes cloud-based software to help companies keep track of their environmental performance, including through standardised product Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs). It works by linking together company data down the supply chain and updating that data in real-time – so far, it's available in Dutch, English and German with plans to expand to 15 further languages.

UK company Snap Fashion is a "visual search engine" for fashion items, developed by 25-year-old computer science grad Jenny Griffiths. Upload a photo to the web or iOS app and Snapfashion will search a database of more than 100 major retail partners to find items with a colour, cut and style match. Customers can then browse, save to a favourite list or visit a retailer's website to buy.

Trustev, from Ireland, makes a real-time "social fingerprinting" tool for online retailers who want to make sure they're dealing with real customers and not bots or fraudsters. It taps into multiple sources of online data, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles. The company claims its automatic system dramatically cuts down the number of transactions that need manual approval. 

Here's a list of the other nine startups who made it to Berlin:

  • Infantium Team – a learning technology that personalises education for children
  • Transmetrics – an IT product that helps transport companies make their networks more efficient
  • Temptster – a pocket guide for recommendations on where to eat and go out
  • Viewsy – location analytics to help retailers better understand customers behaviour in physical space
  • – a service for managing and monitoring servers across clouds
  • CLYC – a digital bicycle lock with key-less functions that connects to your smartphone
  • Babelverse – on-demand interpretation of languages available on any device
  • SportSquare Games – a Facebook soccer game startup
  • SNTMNT – a tool for capturing and analysing social media buzz for financial markets

Image credit: Emily Shurey


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