Startup roundup: Seatwave, Mobya, Betavine, Scred, Wadja, Vipadia and others

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Seatwave, the European based fan-to-fan ticket exchange, is now the official exchange for Gaymers Camden Crawl 2009, one of London’s best music festivals. The deal will mean fans will be able to get hold of tickets from other fans through Seatwave’s marketplace. Seatwave has also announced an exclusive ticketing partnership with MTV UK for their recently relaunched music and entertainment portal.

• Paris-based Mobya, developing applications for mobile phones and especially for the iPhone, is running a competition for $10,000 for apps developers.

• Mobile developers can now distribute their widgets to an audience of up to 1 million Vodafone customers, following the introduction of a new publishing facility available through the Betavine Widget Zone.

• Helsinki-based Scred.com has launched some straightforward inventory management for their “MiniCorps” service. I profiled this here.

“Dragon’s Lair” – and event for startups and investors – (I wonder where they got that name?) is in Central Manchester is on 26th March. Dragons include Ajaz Ahmed – sold Freeserve to Orange for £1.6 billion – Carl Allen, First Flight Placements (access to £200 million apparently) and Scott Fletcher, CEO – ANS Group – Angel Investor.

Wadja.com, the mobile web, media and messaging service, is going to power Twe2, the free Twitter SMS alerts service (last year free text message updates from Twitter were stopped in the UK). However, is there any point with Twitter rumoured to be bringing this back fairly soon?

Vipadia is an interesting UK company working on XMPP and has just released a Skype Gateway. Check it out.

Hobbything.com is a new social hobby network. It’s about, er, hobbies.

• Pepper’s Ghost Productions, which normally creates digital stuff for TV shows, has launched MyTinyPlanets an online space-themed virtual world for tweens. The game is based on Tiny Planets… an animated TV series from Pepper’s Ghost Productions.

Zoopla.co.uk, the UK-based ‘data-driven’ property website has launched an additional property listings service for properties listed for sale/to rent.

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