The seventh version of Demo Day of Start-Up Chile just ended, where the best Startups and their founders had the opportunity to present their ideas in front of recognized international judges. The startup Lattice won first place. Now the founder, Nikita Obidin from Russia (although he lives in USA), will be able to travel to San Francisco (thanks to American Airlines) and continue meetings with potential investors to keep on working hard. Lattice is developing a component-based data analysis platform that improves lab software for scientist through consolidating different analytic tools into one comprehensive system.
Primelist.com was awarded second place. The startup offers an open index of experts, freelancers and agencies using an intelligent algorithm that ranks professionals by number of client referrals and pageviews. It is the best way for independent workers (individuals & SMEs) to get noticed online and contacted directly by potential clients. Think of Yelp for independent workers, with no restrictions.
Finally, the third place went to “SokoText”, a social enterprise with a simple yet worldchanging idea: make food more affordable for people in slums through the simple medium of SMS. The mobile platform aggregates individual demand from kiosk owners to place daily collectivized orders, thereby unlocking wholesale pricing for everyone in the network.
About Start-Up Chile Demo Day Judges
1. Paul Ahlstrom: Entrepreneur and investor. Founded multiple high-technology startup companies and investment funds in the United States and Mexico. Co-founder and Managing Director of Alta Ventures Mexico located in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to founding Alta Ventures Mexico, Paul co-founded vSpring Capital (2000) and Kickstart Seed Fund (2007) in the Rocky Mountain region and Alta Growth Capital (2007) in Mexico. As an entrepreneur and through his funds, Paul has founded and invested in more than ninety startup companies.
2. Beth Ferreira: Former Chief Operating Officer at Fab. She is a strategic and operational leader who has served as an operations consultant to many early, high growth internet companies as well as a Venture Partner at FirstMark Capital. An advocate of New York tech, Beth is on the Board of Directors of Naja and Tailwind and serves on the advisory board of growth companies such as Birchbox, The Greats, Hatch and JOOR. She also serves as mentor to the Techtars program and is on the investment committee for the Female Founders Fund.
3. César Salazar: César Salazar is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups overseeing investments in Spanish-speaking Latin America. He’s known for jumpstarting the Mexican entrepreneurial ecosystem. He helped start and spread initiatives such as Hackspedition, Startup Dojo and SuperHappyDevHouse across his home country. Before joining 500, César was an entrepreneur and interaction designer for more than a decade. Additionally, he’s a member of the Regional Advisory Board of Startup Weekend.