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Babelverse Wins Big for Chile in Prestigious LeWeb Startup Competition

Coming off their recent 2nd place win at Start Up Weekend Athens, Babelverse has reaffirmed that in their startup world, nothing gets lost in translation. The AndesBeat community would like to extend an uber huge congratulations and big love to Babelverse who took 3rd place at LeWeb Startup Competition 2011, from a pool of more than 600 applicants!!

LeWeb as the name implies is ‘French influenced’, jejeje, and based out of Europe. It is the largest internet conference in Europe with over 3,000 participants from 60 countries. LeWeb is hosted in collaboration with Google and produced by Guidewire Group. And while I looked all over the website, I never came across anything that speaks about its fearless creator, Loïc Le Meur of Seesmic (and his wife Geraldine).

Somewhat of a micro celebrity in France, long before Seesmic, Le Meur was an active player in France’s web hosting and blogging space. His path eventually led him to Ublog, which eventually merged with SixApart (Typepad and Moveable Type).

At any rate, as to be expected LeWeb event brought a full house and an all star cast of speakers including Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, Brian Chesky Co-Founder of AirBNB and Kevin Systrom CEO of Instagram.

Babelverse represented Chile and they DONE US PROUD – Muchas gracias!

What is Babelverse?

Babelverse is the 1st app for real-time (language) interpretation, powered by a global community of humans. They are on a mission to crowdsource millions of multilingual members all over the world, making on-demand interpretation in any language easily accessible and affordable to everyone, at any time, and on any device. And better yet, the translators will be paid for their services!


Who’s Behind Babelverse?

Babelverse was co-founded by London native Josef Dunne who is a self-taught developer, which likely makes this occasion all the sweeter! His co-founder Mayel de Borniol from France, is fluent in 4 languages but wishes to know more (which will certainly be a great asset to their current venture). And their Greek American Designer Zachary Zorbas, who has been rocking out web page designs since the age of 14 rounds out this young, globally inspired team.

Who They Shared the Honors With:

Here is the complete list of 2011 LeWeb Winners:

1st place Beintoo : A platform to incentivize using partner mobile applications with real-life benefits

2nd place HeyCrowd : A mobile application for polling whomever, whenever, wherever

3rd place Babelverse : Real-time translation services using a crowdsourced community that pays translators

People’s Choice Award Echo Labs Limited : Find out what people are thinking nearby and vote up your favorite opinions

Babelverse’s Award Winning Presentation


Live Babelverse experience at LeWeb 2011 (from the beginning to the end)

LeWeb 2011 Award


More photos:

Babelverse at LeWeb 2011 via Facebook (Gallery 1)

Babelverse at LeWeb 2011 via Fotopedia (Gallery 2)