The competition was incredibly fierce at the inaugural TechCrunch Disrupt London. At the very beginning, there were 15 amazing companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for £30,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.
After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to four finalists: Crate.IO, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult by Oscadi and PhotoMath by MicroBlink. These startups made their way to the finale to demo in front of our final panel of judges, which were Mat Braddy (Just Eat), Sonali De Rycker (Accel Partners), Brent Hoberman (PROfounders Capital), Klaus Hommels (Lakestar), and Mattias Ljungman (Atomico).
And now, meet the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Battlefield winner.
Crate.IO is a service to set up big data backend servers. It’s an easy-to-use interface to quickly set up a distributed database cluster. Once your servers are up and running, you interact with your database through standard SQL queries.
While the project is open source, the team plans to charge for additional services like priority access to engineers, help with managing clusters and more. The first plan starts at $1,300 per month (€1,000).
You can read more of our Crate coverage here.
Runner-Up: Disease Diagnostic Group
Disease Diagnostic Group is developing the Rapid Assessment of Malaria (RAM) device. It’s a cheap, efficient, portable and accurate device to diagnose malaria, making it perfect for developing countries and populations living in rural areas.
You can read more of our Disease Diagnostic Group coverage here.