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This article was published on March 12, 2009

Plugg Conference Brussels Start-Up Rally

Plugg Conference Brussels Start-Up Rally
Nicolas Mertens

After meeting some great people and hearing some good talks on stage,pluggstartupwinners1 it was time for the startups to do their elevator pitches. I love startups and I love to hear them pitch! A good pitch should be brief and to the point but without losing sight of your companies message and with a hint of mystery.

It was moderated today by Sien Luyten, Founder & Managing Partner Oraura.

The jury and audience selected 3 startups from the group of 20 finalists :

Jinni (Israel)
(The Netherlands)

The overall winner was Mendeley, based in London. They described themselves as the “ for research”. The startup essentially aims to enable academics to manage and sharing their research paper inventory and at the same time discover like- minded people and papers thanks to a recommendation and matching algorithm.

The People’s Choice Award went to Myngle, based in The Netherlands, pitched itself as a ‘new way to learn languages’. Myngle was founded by ex-eBay employees and operates a platform for online language education where teachers and students can virtually connect and determine if there’s a match for an online course to start between the parties (from both sides).

We have The Next Web Rising Sun Startup Rally coming up in April, sign up closes the 15th of March… So hurry up!