This week there was a new conference on the Web 2.0 block in Europe. Plugg saw investors and startups from across Europe come together to discuss the market and some 20 startups pitched their companies at the event, attended by about 300 people. Although much smaller than Le Web 3 in Paris (which gets about 1,500 attendees), Plugg had the makings of a more intimate atmosphere amongst European startups and being in Brussels meant it was easy to get to from London as well as plenty of other continental European cities.
So the heads-up on the startups: The winner of the start-ups rally was Viewdle, while Zilok got the best ratings from the audience.
Viewdle is a digital media platform for indexing, searching & monetizing video assets. One of it’s key USPs is that it uses facial recognition to index the video, frame-by-frame, to create a real-time index of on-screen appearances. Viewdle was a Crunchies finalist and presented at TechCrunch40.
Zilok is a service which allows you to rent anything online. Yes, the idea is not brand new, but this is a French startup which launched in November last year and is also available in the US. Think eBay for renting your stuff. TechCrunch reviewed it in more detail here.
The rest of the twenty startups who pitched are here.