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Two new entrepreneur teams in Global Startup Battle

Two new entrepreneur teams in Global Startup Battle

The pitch

Two new entrepreneur teams from the Department of Engineering competed in the Cambridge Start Up weekend event and have gone through to the next stage in the competition. Both teams now need your help as they compete in the biggest competition for new ventures – the Global Startup Battle.

The two teams; Water Peer and MyBox, who emerged from the 23-24 November Accelerate weekend now need votes, and lots of them, to get closer to the Global Startup crown in Silicon Valley USA. If the teams get enough votes to compete in the next round they will win a trip to Silicon Valley to present their idea where they are in with a chance to visit Google Head Quarters, win $20K to launch their startup and opportunities to be mentored by A-list entrepreneurs.

Water Peer wants to help people do more with water. The Cambridge student team made up of three engineering and manufacturing Masters students, Jack Barrie, Ralf Bernhard and Grace Copplestone describe themselves as “a water efficiency company focused on customer engagement and behaviour modification. We provide water utilities and their customers with personalised in-home water data and efficiency advice.”

The key aim of the company is to reduce the wastage of water in water-scarce areas. By using innovative peer-to-peer bench-marking to modify water use behaviour, Water Peer believes it will play a vital role in tackling the global issue of water stress.

The team has made a 1 minute video about the company. In order for Water Peer to progress and begin to implement their solution to a global problem please click the link below and VOTE to show your support for Water Peer.
Find out more about Water Peer (and vote for them by clicking on the “+1” icon)

http://waterpeer.wordpress.com/about-water-peer/

MyBox is passionate about inboxes and helping control them. It brings all your inboxes into one to help you easily search, find, and share your messages from Facebook, Twitter, SMS, email and many more.

Alan Nichol a second-year PhD student at the Department of Engineering and his team have developed a startup company called MyBox. MyBox is an app which lets you take control of your personal communication by giving you the ability to search across SMS, E-mail, facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and many more. You can quickly find the message or thread you're looking for by applying filters and by searching, and can also do cross-platform forwarding.

The team has made a 1 minute video about the company. In order for MyBox to progress to the Global Startup competition please click the link below and VOTE to show your support.
Find out more about MyBox (and vote for them by clicking on the “+1” icon)

http://signup.myboxapp.co.uk/

Both teams would like to thank Cambridge Accelerator, the Judge Business School and the Department of Engineering for their continual support.

The Global Startup Battle draws in 20,000 participants from start-up weekends held in 200 cities across the world – all competing for a share of the $500k funding up for grabs. This is the 4th annual contest set up by the Kauffman Foundation, which promotes educational achievement and entrepreneurial success.

Last year’s Global Startup Battle winner was Accelerate Cambridge startup Stat.io. They went on to win a trip to Silicon Valley to present their idea. Stat.io has since won some funding from Accelerate and continues to develop its concept – the world’s first search engine for socio-economic data.

You can help our home-grown start-ups by voting for both and share the links with your networks.