Go Ignite announces winners of its first global start-up call
Alliance sees potential in start-ups from big data analytics, content delivery and customer experience enhancement
Bonn, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, 1 July 2016 – Go Ignite, an alliance between four telcos, announced today the five winners selected from its inaugural call for start-ups launched at Mobile World Congress 2016, which drew over 142 applications from the global start-up community. The winners were selected from the following categories: Blueliv for cyber security, Contiamo and Kentik under big data analytics, Platform.sh for content delivery and Streamdata.io for customer experience enhancement.
All of the winning start-ups will be provided with business development opportunities by the partners of the Go Ignite alliance - Deutsche Telekom (hub:raum), Orange (Orange Fab), Singtel (Singtel Innov8), and Telefónica (Telefónica Open Future_). In addition, each start-up will receive support such as mentoring expertise, contacts, facilities, potential investment and access to a combined market of over one billion mobile customers across five continents.
Ms Nathalie Boulanger, Start-up Ecosystem Director, Orange said, “As our first call, we were greatly encouraged by both the calibre and diversity of entrants from across the globe. And we are hugely excited at the prospect of working with these winners to help bring them along and open up a global market for them, through our combined footprint.”
Mr Edgar Hardless, Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Innov8, said, “The Go Ignite alliance helps start-ups succeed in multiple markets by providing them with the right resources that are critical for their commercialisation. The inaugural results of the first call from this alliance are very promising and demonstrate our ability to attract a wide pool of great start-ups to collaborate with the four leading telcos. Given this promising start, we want to maintain the momentum and work closely with the alliance members to help the five inaugural winners to adapt and market their solutions across different regions.”
Mrs Ana Segurado, Global General Director, Telefonica Open Future_ said, “It is an exciting time for the Go Ignite alliance as the announcement marks the beginning of business development opportunities for our call winners. We strongly believe that open innovation initiatives such as the Go Ignite program will bring benefits for both large telco and start-ups with significant traction. The results so far show the alliance members real commitment and unity to collaborate with start-ups and support their growth.”
Mr Axel Menneking, hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom said,“ ‘Win with Partners’ is a key cornerstone of Deutsche Telekom’s strategy. Therefore we are excited to be a part of the Go Ignite alliance because this true open innovation program enables us to benefit in two ways: by transferring relevant cutting edge start-up innovation into our businesses and by jointly addressing unsolved industry problems in collaboration with other leading telcos.”
Go Ignite (http://go-ignite.com/) is an alliance aimed at connecting the start-up ecosystems across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The Go Ignite global call for start-ups encourages teams world-wide to enter their projects into any one of the categories identified by the alliance to be of strategic interest. Participating start-ups will get to win business development opportunities with the alliance members – which allow them to adapt and market their solutions across multiple continents that could reach a billion mobile customers, on the back of the combined alliance resources.
About the winners
Blueliv (https://www.blueliv.com/) – Blueliv is a leading provider of targeted cyber threat information and analysis intelligence for large enterprises, service providers, and security vendors. Blueliv’s turnkey cloud-based platform addresses a comprehensive range of cyber threats to turn global threat data into predictive, actionable intelligence that detects, identifies, and helps stop cyber threats. In 2015 Blueliv has achieved “Cool Vendor” status in Gartner Communications Service Provider Security report.
Contiamo (www.contiamo.com) - Contiamo allows organisations to derive actual value from their data through better informed decision-making and data-driven automation. It is a cloud-based data platform built around a unique data integration layer that accesses and combines data from common software and services, data stored in the cloud and data remaining on-premise. Contiamo makes this data available for exploration, prediction and automation so that organisations can close the loop from analysis to action.
Kentik (https://www.kentik.com/) - Kentik offers flow-centric network monitoring and analytics using an innovative combination of big data and SaaS. The Kentik Detect service collects network data such as NetFlow, sFlow, and IPFIX records, augmented with BGP, geolocation and DNS data, and turns it into network intelligence for informed and efficient network operations, security operations, and network engineering/planning.
Platform.sh (https://platform.sh/) - Platform.sh is the continuous delivery cloud and high availability hosting solution that Developers love, that Operations envy and that lets website CEOs, CIOs and CDOs sleep. Since launch in June 2014, it has won 2,000 clients in 100 countries including key references such as the British Council (UK), Perfectly Posh (US), El Universo (Lat. Am.), Parc Astérix (FR), Le Temps and Sud-Öst Schweiz (CH).
Streamdata.io (http://streamdata.io/) - Streamdata.io, a French software company, provides Proxy-as-a-Service, which turns any API into a real-time experience, without requiring server-side code. Streamdata.io's proxy polls APIs, caches responses, and pushes incremental updates to servers, applications and devices, allowing the focus to be on user experience as well as reducing the server load and preventing scalability issues.