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“We are particularly excited that we are continuing to grow our network. The Blackbox entrepreneur network is now thriving in more than 45 countries worldwide. With each new program we become more energized to pursue our mission of empowering startups and entrepreneurs globally that might otherwise not have the chance, to learn and benefit from the startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley,” said Fadi Bishara, Founder & CEO of Blackbox Connect.
Google for Entrepreneurs partners Astia, Astrolabs, Campus London, Campus Tel Aviv, Communitech, Factory, Kstartup, NASSCOM, P@SHA , Enterprise Ireland, Fishburners, and iHub nominated their best startups among hundreds of applicants to participate in the Fall cycle. Blackbox has selected 16 of these companies from 15 different countries including the UK, Kenya, Canada, Pakistan, Germany, South Korea, Ireland, Palestine, India, Israel, Egypt, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Scotland and France to participate in Blackbox Connect.
“We believe in Blackbox Connect's vision of building a global community of entrepreneurial leaders who come together to Silicon Valley for an immersive two weeks that catalyze and inspire them to return to their home countries and continue to be startup community leaders. We're proud to be partnering with Blackbox on this mission and believe that entrepreneurial talent is thriving in communities all around the world,” said Mary Grove, Director of Google for Entrepreneurs.
The 16 companies selected for the Fall 2014 program:
Bridge Mobile (South Korea): Android application for online voice calling.
Boxcryptor (Germany): Cloud-optimized encryption software for everybody.
Compare&Share (United Kingdom): One stop comparison platform for shared economy sites.
Carpool Arabia (United Arab Emirates/France):
Eventtus (Egypt): Mobile and web app for events organizers and events goers.
Greedy Game (India): Platform for making a game dynamic and localized based on events, locations and time of the day the game is played.
Iris Interactive Solutions (Palestine): Assistive technology which helps in the process of rehabilitation of autistic and disabled children.
NewsWhip (Ireland): Tool for journalists to monitor the spread of news and other content on social networks.
Remote Interview (Pakistan): Platform for hiring coders remotely.
Restored Hearing (Ireland): App and device to protect people from tinnitus and promote healthy hearing.
SalesFloor (Israel): Marketplace of online sales people/services.
Phonics Hero (Australia): The world's largest phonics platform, systematically teaches a child to read and spell.
Plum (Canada): Cutting edge behavior science for hiring online.
Valuraha (Kenya): Virtual trading platform that maps out various investment options across Africa.
Yomp (Scotland/United Kingdom): B2B app for employees to improve health and wellness.
Zone V (United Kingdom): Smartphones for elderly and blind people.
Blackbox is a committed partner in the #40Forward initiative of Google for Entrepreneurs to increasing the representation of women founders in their startup communities. Of the 16 selected companies, 7 are co-founded by women.
The Blackbox Connect program culminates in mid-October with the opportunity to pitch angel investors, venture capitalists, corporations and other influential industry leaders during Demo Day at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.
About Blackbox Connect:
Blackbox Connect is a two week immersion program for startup founders who are based outside the United States. International founders travel to Silicon Valley, where they have the opportunity to live, work and collaborate with like-minded founders from around the world and participate in meetings and workshops with entrepreneurs, investors, executives and experts from Silicon Valley. To learn about Blackbox Connect, visit blackbox.vc and for info about the upcoming Demo Day and other updates subscribe to our Social Media feeds on (facebook.com/
About Google for Entrepreneurs:
Google for Entrepreneurs provides financial support and the best of Google's resources to dozens of coworking spaces and community programs across 125 countries. We also create Campuses: physical hubs where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. To learn more about Google for Entrepreneurs, visit googleforentrepreneurs.com or follow us on G+ (+GoogleForEntrepreneurs)
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