After being rejected from the popular government sponsored program, Start-Up Chile, Chile’s cinderella startup team, GiveO2, is rocking the glass slipper once again as international award recipients at the prestigious Kairos Global Summit for young entrepreneurs.
They were 1 of 50 teams selected (and 2 representing Chile) from a pool of thousands of applicants around the world and named by Kairos Society as “one of the most promising global startups”.
GiveO2 designed a mobile application that allows users to neutralize the carbon footprint related to transport and also buy carbon credits directly from their mobile device.
GiveO2 team members include: Jorge Chartier, co-founder, Joaquin Dufeu, co-founder, Cristian Schalper, co-founder, Gabriel Candia, developer, Matias Estrada, developer, Nicolas Estrada, developer and Christel Kemp, graphic designer.
The other team representing Chile was ‘Motion Displays’. Motion Displays is a startup currently based in Chile as part of the Start-Up Chile program.
The Kairos Global Summit, hosted in partnership with the United Nations and New York Stock Exchange, is a creation of the Kairos Society, which is a global network of top student and global leaders using entrepreneurship and innovation to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Being recognized at the Kairos Global Summit, GiveO2 had the opportunity to travel to New York City and host a booth in the NY Stock Exchange where they pitched GiveO2 to over 300 entrepreneurs, investors, angels and prospective mentors.
Our trip to NYC was amazing. The Kairos Global Summit was an incredible chance to build a very good network with USA, Europe and Asia. – GiveO2 Team on their experience at the Kairos Global Summit
In October 2011, GiveO2 was selected as one of the winning projects in Geek Fantasy Camp with the grand prize being a one month trip to Silicon Valley, CA (USA). They have recently arrived there and are currently incubating their startup with fellow Chilean startup teams, Lukkin, MyStream, Fashion Ranks, Impresionantes and WeHackIt!
They will return to Santiago 6 March 2012.
In addition to being able to track your carbon footprint and purchase carbon credits, GiveO2‘s free smartphone application will allow users to register the trips made while driving, getting a precise calculation of CO2 emissions produced by your vehicle during the trip. All the measured emissions are offset automatically, making this a measurable and traceable process for the user.
The GiveO2 app is anticipated to launch in March 2012.
Interested users should register at the GiveO2 website.
Thank you to Raul Rivera at Foro Innovacion for informing us about the event.