Vodafone Clicks Finalists Revealed

Vodafone has unveiled the seven start-up companies that have reached the final of its Mobile Clicks 2011 competition. 

The competition seeks to reward the most innovative mobile start-up companies of the year. Members of the public can now cast their vote for the winner at www.vodafonemobileclicks.com/vote. The public votes will be combined with that of an industry panel to find the overall winner. 

The regional finalists, which are now competing to be the overall winner, are: 

  • Germany – Wunderlist: The first cross-platform task management app that supports free over-the-air sync and unlimited sharing.
  • Netherlands – Skylines: Offers a search platform for real-time images. Combining data from social media sites like Instagram, Yfrog, and Twitpic, Skylines indexes over one million photos a day.
  • Portugal – Hole19: A complete mobile and web performance optimisation platform for golfers, connecting them to golf instructors and golf courses.
  • Republic of Ireland – HeyStaks: A social search service that plugs in to Google, Bing, and Yahoo! to bring you more relevant results as you search.
  • Spain – Frogtek: An app that allows shopkeepers in the developing world to set up a financial system to run their business easily and quickly.
  • Turkey – BillGastro: Offers restaurant owners an affordable point of sale solution for a unique mobile restaurant app for their customers to reserve tables, to order food online, and post news and events.
  • UK – ParcelGenie: Instant Gift Messaging service that makes sending real gifts to friends and family almost as simple as sending an email or a text message.

The seven winners will now represent their country in the live final at the PICNIC Festival in the Netherlands on September 15-16, 2011, where the overall winner will be chosen by a panel of mobile industry experts. The judges include Rudy de Waele, founder of Mobile 2.0 Europe and dotopen; Peter Barry from Vodafone Ventures; Paul Jozefak, Neuhaus Partners; Reshma Sohoni, partner at Seedcamp; and Lee Epting, Vodafone Group. 

“Through both rounds, our country winners demonstrated not only creativity and innovation, but also the value-add to customers, which really made them stand out from the competition,” says Lee Epting, director of content services at Vodafone Group. “Were delighted to have them all on board and we look forward to seeing what they bring to the table in this final stage.”