Facebook has just announced 25 winners of cash grants from the fbFund. These grants are given to the Facebook developers that are creating some of the most promising apps on Facebook. The fbFund is a $10 million fund announced a year ago by Facebook, Accel Partners, and the Founders Fund.
Below is a list of the 25 winners, out of 600 applicants. They each received about $25,000 and will be eligible for five top prices of $225,000 (about $2 million, when all is said and done). To help determine the final five, Facebook will have a page where members can vote on their favorite apps. The cash is a free-and-clear grant, but Accel and Founders Fund get first right of refusal if they decide to invest in any of the finalists.
Some of the apps are already quite popular, like Weddingbook, a social network for brides-to-be with 336,000 active monthly users. The game Mousehunt, has 147,000 monthly active users. GroupCard, which lets dozens or thousands of people collaboratively create and send a card to one recipient, has 87,000 active monthly users. Others have not launched other than in alpha. A PDF provided by Facebook with a description of each finalist is embedded at the bottom of this post.
Which ones have you tried? Which ones will make it to the final five and why?