The time for entry into the Vodafone Mobile Clicks startup competition is getting short. The deadline for entry is midnight CET on June 12th, 2011, just five days away.
Announced at The Next Web conference in April, the contest allows any startup in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Turkey or the United Kingdom that has a mobile site, service or application to apply and compete for a €225,000 prize fund.
Previous winners of the competition, in its third year, include 2010 winner Cardbmobili and 2009 winner Layar. The competition is designed to award a prize to a mobile app, site or service that displays originality, creativity, financial viability and value to the user. This provides a great opportunity to get feedback from an experienced panel of judges that include company founders and VC’s.
The list of judges includes Rudy de Waele, founder of Mobile 2.0 Europe and dotopen; Peter Barry, Head of VC and Start-up at Vodafone Ventures; Paul Jozefak, Managing Partner at Mobile VC; Reshma Sohoni, Partner at Seedcamp, Lee Epting, Director of Content Services at Vodafone Group and TNW’s own Editor in Chief Zee M. Kane. You can read the judges’ bios here.
We also spoke to Lee Epting about what she thinks is the future of mobile apps.
In addition to a chance to get invaluable feedback on a service or app, entrants also get to compete for three prizes including €150,000 for 1st place and €50,000 for the first runner-up and €25,000 for third place. The entrants to the contest will be winnowed down by three rounds of judging. Each of the participating country markets will end up submitting their 5 best entrants and a local winner will be selected. Then, those 7 winners will be invited to the the PICNIC festival in the Netherlands on the 15th and 16th of September, where an overall winner will be chosen.
If you think your mobile service or application has what it takes to make it through then visit the Vodafone Mobile Clicks site today and enter to win. If you’re still on the fence, be sure to check out our article on 5 reasons that mobile developers should enter Mobile Clicks.