The votes have been tabulated, and the results are in. This year’s PS10, a list of the top startups in Latin America we at PulsoSocial compile annually, have been selected. These companies beat out 153 applicants and 20 finalists for this year’s PS10 crown.
Meet the Winners
First Place: KienVe, out of Uruguay.
Formerly known as ComparTeVe, KienVe is an application that serves as a real time social network for television viewers. Its algorithm recognizes audio to identify what show, channel or commercial users are watching, thus allowing them to “check in” and connect. What’s more, it provides users with pre-selected material according to each individual’s profile – program videos, trivia, literature, etc.
Users are invited to respond to surveys and questionnaires through the app and win prizes by interacting with different brands. Television channels and advertisers benefit from KienVe’s services as well – namely, reports on and analyses of viewer behavior. They can also reach users through interactive commercials and publicity spots.
Headed by Gabriel Roizner (CEO), Federico Zubia (CTO) and Maximiliano Schatz (CFO and CCO), KienVe is part of Start-Up Chile’s fourth generation of startups. The company will roll out in Chile and Panama this month, hand-in-hand with technology and project management partner inMind.
Second Place: Samba Ads (Brazil), the Samba Tech spin-off that just landed a US$500,000 investment. The startup is an online video ad network for both advertisers and publishers. It works on multiple devices and offers advertisers various engagement-increasing formats that allow for consistent feedback on brand awareness and purchase intent.
Third Place: Ideame (Argentina), a crowdfunding platform that helps entrepreneurs and creative teams access capital and spread the word about their projects. It is a space where individuals all over Latin America connect to find, celebrate and support creativity, sustainability and innovation.
Fourth Place: Wideo (Argentina), a platform where users can create animated videos in a fast and easy way. The tool features a library of various themes and graphics, and it also allows users to upload their own videos. It allows for videos of varying lengths with music, text and sound. Wideo is based on a freemium model.
Fifth Place: AgentPiggy (Chile), a provider of financial education services for children and teens. Through AgentPiggy, kids learn to administrate their money in a practical way and explore concepts like saving, investing, spending and budgeting.
Sixth Place: TransportarOnline (Argentina), a logistics services marketplace. The startup’s objective is to connect those who need to transport goods with those with the ability to do so. The result: a system through which transporters increase revenues and customers save money.
Seventh Place: TopicFlower (Argentina), a visual mechanism that identifies principal conversation topics and offers information that can be processed to understand how to communicate with a community and improve social media communication results.
Eighth Place: Uppoints (Brazil), an intelligent, real-time tool that tracks consumer behavior at the point of sale and helps retail clients control stock.
Ninth Place: SchoolControl (Mexico), a system where teachers, parents and students can find school-related information, including grades, announcements, event calendars, reports, homework and academic progress. SchoolControl can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
Tenth Place: Tambero (Argentina), a web platform for intelligent agriculture management through which students and farmers can oversee their establishments efficiently from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Two members of the KienVe team will travel to New York City, courtesy of American Airlines, to claim the PS10 prize at PS10: Tech in Latin America Panel and Demos on March 27th. There, they will have the opportunity to pitch their project, network and meet with investors and event attendees.
The PS10 Process
The 20 finalists of the PS10 were evaluated by a group of professionals with extensive experience in the Latin American startup market: Gonzalo Costa (NXTP Labs), Silvia Torres Carbonell (IAE- Universidad Austral), Andrés Martínez (Telefonica), Rafael Dutton (21212) and Pedro Torres Picón (Quotidian Ventures).
Judges evaluated each of the top 20 startups separately based on criteria of entrepreneurial vision, business projection and technological innovation.
Vite.io the Audience Favorite
As with each edition of the PS10, this year again we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Latin American startups. Chilean Vite.io garnered the most votes with 946, followed by Brazilian Pagapramim with 628 and Colombian Findseat with 405.
This text has been adapted and translated into English by Emily Stewart from its original Spanish publication.