The TheNextWeb conference happens in Amsterdam next week, and they’ve announced the startups that will be pitching in the startup competition (below). Some 22 companies get to pitch and the last 2 will be chosen by the crowd. A few other notables are turning up including TechCrunch’s Eric Schonfeld, Kevin Rose of Diggnation (which will be recorded at the event) Robert Scoble, Nova Spivack (Twine), Chris Saad (DataPortability.org) and Scott Rafer (Mashery, MyBlogLog, Lookery) (He also works with Ireland’s PollDaddy. I am also going.
• andUnite: Based in Germany, this connects users who do similar searches on search engines. The idea is to allow people to meet who have the same or similar interest because of the search terms they use. (Hmnnn…. Not sure it works as an idea but I’ll judge at the pitch).
• Backbase: Backbase’s main product line is its Enterprise Ajax framework for building Ajax applications. Apparently they’ve sold 3 million copies in 80+ countries.
• Bemba: This Dutch startup has a browser button plugin allowing you to share any content with your network on Hyves, Twitter or Bemba’s own network.
• Beezbox: The Paris startup enables companies to ‘engage with their communities’ on social networks. Looking at the site it’s not really clear what they actually do.
• ConfNetwork: This is a tool to facilitate networking at conferences – it’s in closed beta and will launch at the conference.
• CoComment: A well-known Swiss startup that aggregates comments on blogs. Plenty of competitors in this space already but lots to play for.
• Goojet: is designed for low to high-spec handsets and enables you to customise your phone by organizing your “mobile space” with picture galleries, notes, message board, voting, RSS feeds, status messages and weather forecasts. They presented at Lew Web 3. They have raised a €2.3m seed-round.
• Hoera: under construction still. Hurry up guys…
• Introniche: Enables cross-promotions between niche sites. Sounds like a Web ring – but that’s unkind I’m sure.
• Lookery: This is an ad network for Facebook and social networks. They raised $900K seed round. The company has gone from less than 200 million impressions in January to 640 million impressions in February, and has hit the one billion impression mark. Not bad.
• Radionomy: This French and Belgian startup is aiming at online radio, allowing anyone to set one up. Currently in French and English. Appears to be in beta.
• Symbaloo: A new take on the personal home page with the weirdest interface you’ve ever seen.
• Twingly: Twingly is a ping service and blog search engine that connects traditional media to the blogosphere.
• uberVU: This Romanian startup wants you to manage all your conversations in one place. Er…. ambitious to say the least.
• Wauw.fm: Wauw is a downloadable app that lets you access all your pics, movies, and music on your PC from your mobile.
• Webnode: This is a website builder and manager. Hard to see the innovation here.