Editor’s note: The following is a press release translated from Spanish to English from EmprendeUC.
The wine application “Cepaquevino” competed among a group of 12 startups, and after a weekend of intense work, with more than 100 participants from 10 different countries, it came in first place. “Kriket” and “Yupy” took second and third place, respectively.
After 54 hours of arduous work, “Cepaquevino” won the first place prize of this fourth round of Startup Weekend Santiago, organized by members of EmprendeUC and StartUp Chile, chosen by a jury from among 12 technology-based projects.
Paulina Sosa, global facilitator of Startup Weekend Santiago, noted: “The ideas, innovations, and teams were all very good, and what most caught my attention was that many managed to have a prototype by Sunday afternoon, not all do. Also, they have achieved much validation with clients, which is very positive.”
The Startup winner, “Cepaquevino,” by Sonia Paz Galleguillos, journalist and sommelier, defines her enterprise as the following: “our application is not just mobile, it is also a web page, thus, you may share in any digital format. It provides information to the consumer that doesn’t know much about wine, telling you what wine to buy depending on where you are located and for what occasion. The information comes from a reliable source and is established by the industry.”
The jury comprised the following members: Marco Zúñiga, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Chile; Conrad Von Igel, Executive Director of the UC Center of Innovation; Sebastián Vidal, Executive Director of Start-Up Chile; Sebastián Robles, Manager of Premium Services for Latin America at Google and Yael Serebrinsky, Imagine Business Lab. They had the arduous task of selecting based on the following evaluation criteria: business model, customer validation, and execution.
The twelve startups that participated were: “Me sumo”, “Like it”, “Holo”, “Cepaquevino”, “Yupy”, “Kriket“, “GoBack”, “Alejandría”, “Concertto”, “Wellis”, “GoForGreen” and “Contentio”.
In total there were 150 people that attended the first Startup Weekend in the Center of Innovation (UC Anacleto Angelini), between participants, organizations, mentors, judges, journalists, and the general public; far exceeding the expectations of the Startup Chile and EmprendeUC organizing teams.