Over 150 people from Peruâs thriving startup community came to watch the nine regional finalists chosen to pitch from hundreds of applicants at Startup World: Lima, Peru Saturday night. The venue of Wayraâs accelerator in Limaâs city center wasÂ packed out as the startups battled to win the competition judged byÂ Cesar A. Zevallos Heudebert,Â CEO & Founder, Asix S.A andÂ Juan Gonzalo Begazo ofÂ EVP Â Finance & Administration at Ajegroup.
Because the scores were a tie Dipoo will remain the regional winner, but we would like to make an honorary award for Papaya and invite them along side Dipoo to compete in the Startup World grand finale Silicon Valley in 2013.
DipooÂ is a mobile marketing app based on geolocation data which allows users to analyze consumer behavior and measure effectiveness of campaigns.Â Papaya sells movie tickets online and on mobile devices. Powered by Wayra, they have developed & published our WEB & APPs (iPhone, Android & WindowsPhone) in Peru,Colombia & Chile.
What we learned about the Peruvian tech scene
There are three main schools integral to Limaâs startup ecosystem; Telefonicaâs Wayra whoâve just had their first batch of startups complete their incubation process; Wayra:Lima also had more applications than any other Wayra program in the world as over 1300 applicants applied for this yearâs batch. They invest cash for 10% of each startup accepted on the program.
The other two beacons to Limaâs startup scene are