Startup Weekend’s Global Startup Battle finally has a winner. More than 130 communities spread over five continents held Startup Weekends over two weekends before and after GEW – Nov. 9-11, 2012 and Nov. 16-18, 2012. In total, more than 10,000 attendees, mentors, speakers and judges worked on startup ideas during these events, resulting in thousands of ideas pitched and more than 1,200 new startups created. The 138 winning teams from the Startup Weekend events then had 24 hours, 15 words and 90 seconds to create a video to pitch their newly created startup. Once all the videos were posted, people from around the world voted for their favorite startups, resulting in 15 semi-finalists from 13 countries.
The winners selected from the 15 finalists are Toronto team Groupnotes with their educational productivity tool. The team will be awarded their prize in Rio at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2013. The competition was designed to foster friendly competition and community awareness among the global Startup Weekend community during Global Entrepreneurship Week