May 16, 2012 in iAnnouncements (E)
[prMac.com] Beijing, China - The G-Startup competition was bigger this year than ever and it attracted over 100 applications from 17 countries. Companies took part in a two-track competition for "best mobile internet startup company": a "seed" track for new companies and the main "growth" track. The finals took place in Beijing last week. As organizer Gurpeet Singh observed, "The best 24 companies had a tough challenge".
This year's winner of the main track is BeiZ from Finland. BeiZ makes educational games for children and has created the child-friendly Lola Panda games. Lola Panda helps children to learn the alphabet and mathematics and to solve puzzles. Lola Panda games have been played millions of times on smart phones, tablets and computers.
Judges of the competition came from leading venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry leaders, including Sequoia, SK Telecom Ventures, IDG Capital and GSR Ventures. The awards ceremony was conducted by Net Cloud advisor Philip Johnson.
"It was fabulous to win this amazingly tough competition, "says CEO Mika Heikinheimo. "There were lots of great companies here and winning the main track was an awesome experience. We are just closing our first round of funding so the timing for this win could not have been better. BeiZ will be looking for further financing soon due to the explosion of interest in educational games and the continued growth of digital distribution."
About GMIC 2012 and G Start-up:
The Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) is Asia's largest mobile Internet conference. It was held from 9-11 May, 2012 in Beijing and had over 5000 visitors. G-Startup is the competition for mobile internet companies which attracted over 100 applications this year from 19 countries.
BeiZ is a game studio that concentrates on providing enjoyable educational solutions and non-violent games for children and adults. BeiZ also assists its partners in publishing their games and mobile content. BeiZ has headquarters in Hong Kong and operations in Finland and in China. Copyright (C) 2012 BeiZ Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.