French Startup Now to Compete Against National Winners for Chance at EWC Global Finals in November
Paris, France – Wishibam, a Paris-based startup aiming to re-humanize and disrupt online commerce, captured first prize as well as the People’s Choice vote at the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held as part of VivaTech.
Charlotte Journo-Baur, founder and CEO of Wishibam, captured €52,500 in cash prizes and advances into the next round of the global competition against national winners from 186 countries.
"It is important to show what we are doing and it gives us great visibility," said Journo-Baur who said she plans to use the winnings to invest more in the company’s technology.
Wishibam for Business is a SaaS solution that enables key retail players to reconcile online commerce with the brick-and-mortar experience while improving customer experience.
Two German startups won prizes at the competition. Fun With Balls, merging real sports and online gaming to make society more active and healthy, took the second prize and a check for €25,000 along with a second People's Choice award for €2,500. The company sells hardware upgrades to sports facilities looking to bring in a new audience with a limited history of sports participation. Similar to bar trivia games, the system enables participants to compete and compare skills through global leaderboards. Deepfield Robotics, an agritech startup that provides weed control services for famers using robots, finished in third place and won €10,000.
Other finalists included JYSE from France, a startup that helps build web applications without coding, and Cyex from Estonia, a startup that develops cyber skills in the business workforce. Both received €5,000 each.
Finally, among the top startups selected to pitch were: Conductiv.ai, DCBrain, MicroBrain Biotech, LiveEO, and Rovenso. All are all moving on to the Accelerates 2 phase which provides one-to-one mentoring from July to September.
Judges for the competition were:
- Jaime de Borbon, Director, Plug and Play
- Alessandra Capriglia, Operations Executive, Z-Innoway
- Sieng Van Tran, President, Dragon Chain
- Hedi Zaher, CEO, Datavora
Currently, more than 87,000 contestants from 186 countries have entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from idea stage to growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another at the Misk Global Forum during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019.
EWC is an initiative led by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Misk Global Forum with support from a collection of national and global partners, including the Global Educational and Leadership Foundation.