December 14, 2011
Google announces the 200 first round finalists
On December 6th 2011 Google has announced the names of the finalists for the Ebda2 with Google competition. The 200 finalists will participate in a three day workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation by Googlers, industry experts, and many mentors who will come from Cairo and also fly in from around the world to provide coaching and training.
Google initiated this competition, which was launched on September 26, 2011, to spark the effective minority of Egypt’s economy of small and medium size enterprise businesses. The company committed to contribute to Egypt’s Internet ecosystem as part of a framework agreement signed with the Egyptian government back in 2009.
To view the list of finalists, visit: http://www.startwithgoogle.com/announcement/announcement.html
Ebda2 proudly boasts a growing and diverse Mentor pool, from which judges assessed and selected the top 200 business ideas from an outstanding 4000+ applications. The cumulative expertise of the competition's Judges span all topics of management, finance, private equity, engineering, marketing, medicine, IT, retail and entrepreneurship.
Here's a list of some of the organizations Ebda2 with Google Judges come from:
Ericsson, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Cisco, Planet 360, Diwan Bookstores,Vodafone, Oracle, Regional Information Technology Institute (RITI), American University in Cairo (AUC), NCR Corporation, WebMD, Cairo University, Smart Village, ITworx, Endeavor Egypt, ICANN, eBranding360, Citadel Capital, Knowledge Academy, Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), Gemiza, Schneider, IT-Blocks, United States of America International Development (USAID), Reqmaster
The judges devoted their time and effort to assess online between 100 - 140 applications. For discretion and confidentiality, they were only allowed to view the application without seeing team members’ names, contacts, locations or background information. Judges had to rate applications based on a predetermined set of criteria (Innovation, Social Impact, Market Size, Business Model, Team and Presentation). Once the 4000 applications were assessed, they went through a normalization process, followed by a second round of Judging. The teams’ cumulative score was then calculated and the top 200 teams selected.
Updated: December 26, 2011 9:45 AM