Thanks to an amazing lineup of teams from around the world, Global Startup Battle was bigger, better, and more exciting than ever this year. With over 137 events in more than 60 countries, the global impact and the competition were at an all-time high.
The dust has finally settled and we are extremely proud to present your top 3 Global Startup Battle startups!
Groupnotes will be awarded with over $35,000 of in-kind prizes including Google cloud, legal support, design assistance and PR services. The team will be headed to San Francisco to tour Googleplex and meet with investors, founders, and mentors and in March, they will be flying to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress. We’ve also decided to award all of our top 15 with prizes to help their startup along the way!
At Startup Weekend Toronto, over the course of 54 hours, GroupNotes developed from one idea pitched in 60 seconds to a functioning company, and then entered into the world’s largest startup competition.
Here’s a quick re-cap of their story:
Groupnotes came in third for votes from Friday night’s pitch fire at SW Toronto and decided to stay the rest of the night until the space closed at 2 A.M. - at which point, the team continued to code at another location late into the morning.
Most of Saturday was spent doing customer validation while simultaneously developing the brand for Groupnotes. That afternoon, the team earned their first sale from local educators that they had talked to that day. Groupnotes closed down the venue once again and geared up for pitch day.
Upon being announced the overall winner of Toronto Startup Weekend, Groupnotes was awarded some exciting initial prizes: rotation through local incubators, credits for Gotstyle and Uber, business consulting services, $20,000 in-kind services from Switchvideo, and more. That following Tuesday, GroupNotes opened the Toronto Stock Exchange.