Well, after a tonne of entries and a pretty intense sifting process, Le Web, the annual gathering of the tech tribes in Paris, has announced the names of the 16 startups that will present during the startup competition - organised for the first time this year in partnership with TechCrunch Europe.
The companies selected are either existing companies launching new products or new startups entirely. As you can probably tell from the list, Le Web is very much going back to its roots. This is Le Web's 6th edition and the startup competition has been going on since 2006 (the 4th edition is this year). So we'll be using this platform to help some of the earliest stage companies get traction with their ideas. I think it's going to be exciting to watch.
We'll also be running a pretty interactive event with Q&A of each startup and the opportunity for the audience to ask questions as well.
Here is the list in alphabetical format, with just company name and URL. We'll be fleshing this out on the day with some live blogging of the event on TechCrunch Europe & TechCrunch.
Le Web will also give a standing table spot for each startup to show their product (for free btw) during the two day event, so if you don't catch their pitch you'll be able to catch them on their booth.
• FitnessKeeper, Inc.
• Siteheart Inc
• Sports Predictions
• the hyper words company
• Yeasty Mobs
The judges for the startup competition this year will be:
Nelly Barbault, Paris Development
Matthieu Baret, Partner, AGF Private Equity
Roberto Bonanzinga, Partner, Balderton Capital
Laurent Chiozzotto, Sun Start-Up Essentials Program Manager, Sun
Jeff Clavier, Founder & Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
Julien Codorniou, Business Development Manager, Microsoft BizSpark
Jean-Louis Constanza, CEO, Orange Vallee
Saul Klein, Partner, Index Ventures
Guillaume Lautour, Partner, AGF Private Equity
Dave McClure, Startup Investor & Troublemaker
Thomas Serval, Developer and Platform Ecosystem Lead,
Mike Sigal, President & Chief Development Officer, Guidewire Group
Bjorn Kvarby, Head of International Business, Shopping.com
Stephane Folliet, European Business Development, Shopping.com
In addition, TechCrunch has managed to secure a handy 250 euros discount on a Le Web ticket for anyone out there, with the code TechCrunch – the direct URL is here.