Yesterday, July 25th, right before the 11th Founder Showcase event, we hosted the Second Annual Founder Institute Graduate Awards Luncheon to recognize our best performing Graduates of 2012. Selected from a pool of over 565 of our worldwide Graduates, these companies have demonstrated exceptional progress with their business over the last year, securing notable traction across the team, product development, adoption and investors.
And the winners are... (envelope please);
Best Overall: Retailigence
Founded by Jeremy Geiger, Retailigence is a hyperlocal marketing platform that utilizes brick-and-mortar inventory data obtained directly from retailers to turn online consumers into offline buyers. They are a Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute.
Best in Silicon Valley: Zirtual
Founded by Maren Kate Donovan, Zirtual connects busy people with virtual personal assistants who are passionate about making their clients’ lives better. They are a Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute.
Best in the Americas: Neo
Founded by Navin Bathija, Neo is an online lender that taps financial and social data to better evaluate creditworthiness and provide more affordable car loans. They are a Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute.
Best in Europe: Autoreduc
Founded by Jose Luis Senent, Autoreduc is France's first group-buying and daily deal site for cars. They are a Graduate of the Paris Founder Institute.
Best in Asia: Lellan
Founded by Richard Wimmer, Lellan develops and manufactures novel and intelligent ambient lighting solutions and technology. They are a Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, and are now based in Asia.
Most Disruptive: Appota
Founded by Do-Tuan Anh, Appota is a mobile content delivery platform and network. They are a Graduate of the Vietnam Founder Institute.
Nominees for the awards included;
- Chris Motley of BetterWeekdays
- Anton Gelman of Cont3nt.com
- John Philip of DocuBuzz
- Mike Suprovici of Explorence
- Adriana Herrera of Fashioning Change
- Lee Johnson of FlightOffice
- Darius Gandhi of HipVoice
- Will Sacks and Kati Bicknell of Kindara
- Jordan Philips of LookVook
- Jose Matias del Pino of Ondango
- Frank Mastronuzzi OneGoodLove
- Neal O'Gorman of oTeeto
- Pieter Dubois of Paycento
- Tom Arnold PetHub
- Srinivas Penumaka and Vinod Gupta of ReadyPulse
- Carlos Rozo and Andres Cifuentes of Thotz
Thanks to everyone who attended, and especially First Republic Bank for supporting the event.