FunPuntos acquired by Acid Labs

With Latin American countries topping the ‘happiness’ global ranking report (2013), FunPuntos news that they have been acquired provides another step forward in their mission to see that the region’s customer retail experience will be the same.

Just 59 days after FunPuntos (Fun Points) announced its launch, today we bring news from an official company representative that FunPuntos has been acquired by Acid Labs for an undisclosed sum.

FunPuntos is a smartphone enabled customer loyalty app with backend merchant management system, that was created by Oxford University alumni Daliso Zuze and Nabil Meralli.
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USM engineers launch Placetribe, a georeferenced place sharing app for Facebook

With a pleasant visual environment and intuitive menus, this app enables users to create groups and share georeferenced information quickly and easily via the internet.

Placetribe is the name of the application that was recently released to the web by a team of engineers from the University of Santa Maria. As its name implies, it allows the creation of “tribes” (a term referring to the urban tribes) or microgroups with Facebook friends, with whom you can share all kinds of georeferenced information.

Its creators are Placetribe’s CEO Tomás Arredondo, PhD in Electric Engineering and professor of the Electronic Department of the Universidad Santa María, his brother Matías, Bachelor degree in business administration and the students of Electric Civil Engineering and Telematics Engineering: Gabriel Juri, Carlos Ibáñez, Fabrizio Cavaleiro and Pablo Bustos.

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Vendly iPhone app now available!

Sell and buy quickly and in the most convenient way possible? Check out Vendly!

After having been tested in a private beta test, it is now running as a public beta and is available in the Apple App Store and soon also on Google Play.

Being a simple mobile marketplace, Vendly enables you and your friends to easily sell and buy anything from eachother, but also from everyone else in the marketplace, your trusted community.

Create and share simple one-page stores for your vends in just a few seconds, just using your cell phone at any time.


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Edoome, an educational social network, is nailing it!

Based in Chile, the startup Edoome aims at connecting teachers with their students to let them communicate, collaborate and share their educational content on an online platform.

Edoome is achieving success at a neck breaking speed after having won TNW’s Startup World competition (Santiago) and Techolab’s Applicate competition. They also celebrated a huge milestone by surpassing 12,000 fans on their Facebook page.

Very soon a huge pilot program with more than 24.000 chilean students will be launched! That is really exciting!

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Brazil’s Spotwish Go! ready to show DevCup why they are the people’s choice!

DevCup’ is an annual competition hosted by Evernote, a U.S. founded company, which allows users to capture, organize, and find information across multiple platforms.

Recently their 2nd annual competition was launched, aimed at discovering developers and inspiring new apps based on Evernote software and supporting new features within the Evernote platform.

One of the winners in this competition was Spotwish Go! from Brazil. Unlike the other 5 winners, this team was actually voted for by the public, meaning the public already loves Spotwish Go!

And they hope, so will you!

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Seek and offer last minute event tickets in Santiago, for free!

We all know how disappointing it is: You buy a ticket for an event you are totally crazy about, and THE day is almost there, but then all of a sudden something changes and you end up not being able to go. Now you’re stuck with the ticket you purchased and cannot get your money back.

That’s a real bummer!

But I have good news for you: Fanatickus is a new platform with which everything around seeking and offering tickets becomes so much easier. And the best thing is, you won’t believe it: It is totally free!!!

Fanatickus was founded by a group of young Chilean entrepreneurs who wanted to create a space for people to sell and buy tickets to all kinds of events (e.g. family, sports or musical events) last minute. Ricardo Martínez, one of the creators, realized the necessity of connecting all those many event fanatics, because it happens way too often that we don’t know what to do with the tickets we end up not using or how we can purchase tickets a few minutes before an event starts.

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Sonic Pollen one of five finalists in Intel Latin America Challenge 2012

It’s official, Sonic Pollen out of Valparaiso, Chile has been selected as one of the five finalists for the Intel Latin America Challenge (Desafio Intel) and will be the only startup/company representing Chile.

Will this year be a “three-peat” for Chile ???

In 2010, Latin America’s augmented reality pioneers, Gled (from nearby Viña del Mar, Chile) became the first team out of Chile to win this competition. And in 2011, Lifeware Integra (from Valparaiso, Chile) were the winners.  Must be something in the water (: !!!  Something also cool to note is that all the team are products of Universidad Frederico Santa María. (Thanks for pointing this out, Félix)!

The Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley (formerly the Intel®+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge) is where the best engineers and scientists present how they plan to make the world a better place through their innovations and entrepreneurial skills.

Originally envisioned as an incubator for artists and musicians, Sonic Pollen is Chile’s first social network dedicated to the administration of music shows and booking musicians.

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Sonic Pollen amps up new network for Latin America’s musicians and venues

Originally envisioned as an incubator for artists and musicians, Valparaiso based Sonic Pollen is Chile’s first social network dedicated to the administration of music shows and booking musicians.

Sonic Pollen could be considered the Latin American version of Gig Maven which over the course of 3 years reached nearly 2 million registered users and 20,000 venues. It was acquired by Reverb Nation in August 2011.

On February 5, 2012, Sonic Pollen successfully raised their first round of funding for $20,000 USD, from FONDART. They are currently working on tweaking their alpha version and integrating feedback from beta users (It launched today)!!!

Administered by the Ministry of Education, FONDART (Development Fund for Culture), is a source of state funding, which aims to contribute to the development of arts and culture of Chile.

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