Chinaccelerator launches 6 new startups in Beijing

Chinaccelerator finally unveiled the 6 startups running through its program last Monday in a packed venue! Here is the story of what happened in Beijing…



Chinaccelerator Demo DayChinaccelerator Demo Day!

Managed by Cyril Ebersweiler, the arrival of Chinaccelerator is strongly backed by Sean O’Sullivan, serial entrepreneur (Mapinfo, Avego, etc…), early-stage investor and co-founder of the program : “Our hope with Chinaccelerator was to create an environment for those who had brilliant dreams to launch them. By combining incredibly talented developers with mentors and seed money, we’ve helped a handful of what we think will be significant entrepreneurs get their first chance”.

Benjamin Joffe, renowned expert on Asia’s digital scene and mentor, believes this kind of program can impact the entrepreneurship scene in China: “Chinaccelerator is laying the ground for the next breed of tech entrepreneurs in China. The ecosystem built including fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and companies is expected to pay off nice dividends to all parties involved”.

This week, Chinaccelerator is debuting 6 new startups from the inaugural class. The teams presented on Monday night in Beijing to about 80 VCs and angel investors for the first time, at the French Telecom company Orange Labs, in Zhongguancun, the Chinese Silicon Valley. Boosted by Bin Dai (Orange Labs) and Richard Robinson (Youlu, Kookie Panda), the crowd witnessed the emergence of a startup culture in China.

These companies are about four months old and have two or three founders, and originate from Shanghai, Dalian, Qingdao, Dublin and Tehran.

Here they are:

AYLIENAYLIEN is a tool that makes any web content easier to understand, by semantically adding related information and short descriptions to it, and thanks to our revolutionary advertisement platform, we can bring the most targeted ads the web has ever seen. It’s like Google AdSense on steroids!

Business model: a combination of super targeted advertising and affiliate marketing.

BUZ: Social media marketing costs retailers countless hours and millions of dollars. At a fraction of the cost Buz speeds up the process by tapping into the social networks of existing customers and driving them from the web to the store… Buz launched in Boston this month and is already generating revenue.

Business model: monthly subscriptions, commission on sales going through the platform.

CONNECTIONS: “Connections” is an iPad app which gives you back the true value of social networks. With the majority of online users having profiles on multiple social networks, tracking relevant updates and connections with the right people is a difficult challenge. “Connections” automatically filters and understand your relationships, delivering only what really matters to you, right now!

Business model: appstore revenues, virtual items. They are seeking $300K in seed funding.

QIANGZUOQiangzuo is a meeting point between event holders and their audience. Attendees can browse, filter and subscribe to events from multiple sources and a huge variety of topics. They can also share event details, provide discounted tickets to their network and earn commission for doing so. Event holders will de facto see their event pushed to thousands of relevant audience automatically, providing them tools to get a deeper and wider exposure to social networks.

Business model: commissions on tickets sold, event templates, sponsored tweet, sponsored e-mailing. They are seeking $200K in seed funding.

SMS-COUPONSMS Coupon provides a unique Platform for companies to send SMS messages and create immediate interactions with their neighbor prospects or direct customers. Its hardware/software combination allows them to blast SMS to all mobile phones 200 meters around!

Business model: one-off fee, monthly subscription, SMS at cost. They are seeking $400K in seed funding.

VAMOSINCVamosinc is an online video streaming and synchronization platform, which enables viewers in different locations watch the same video online simultaneously and without any server, thanks to its P2P based technology.

Business model: Subscriptions. They are seeking $300K in seed funding.

This first batch is just the starting point for Chinaccelerator, which plans to extend its reach and explore new formats in 2011!

We will also make a more detailed spotlight on every Chinaccelerator graduates over the next few days, stay tuned.

Thanks again to our partners: Orange LabsMobinodeGrow VCAsia Briefing and GWC!

And, and, big big thank to all our mentors, and everyone who came on that freezing night in Beijing (from Shanghai and even Shenzhen!), after an epic travel from Dalian…




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