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MVP Academy Class of 2015: Swapr

Swapr Demo Day 2

Clothes are a part of any woman’s identity, a way to create a unique style and better express their personality. Add this to the fact that women are emotionally connected with the clothes they have in their wardrobe, and most of the time, they have a closet full of clothes and still nothing to wear. Swapr is an easy to use mobile app that aims to solve this problem by allowing users to exchange clothes with one another based on geo-location and fashion sense.

Andreea Mihaescu, Co-Founder & CEO of Swapr, came up with the idea of the product when she realized that she has plenty of clothes in her wardrobe that she no longer wears, but does not want to throw away. She then discovered the offline clothes swapping parties, but soon realized that these events are bound by time, date and location. Knowing from her mobile marketing experience that apps are this century’s “little black dress”, Andreea has proceeded to forming a team to work for ensuring that women will always have a “never ending wardrobe” by simply exchanging the clothes they no longer wear with the clothes they want. (see more)

MVP Academy Class of 2015: UNLOQ

Unloq_Demo Day

It takes a hacker less than a second to crack an 8-character password. And still, the entire Internet security is based on using usernames and passwords for user authentication. Add this to the fact that 61% of the people reuse the same password for multiple accounts, making them easy targets for identity theft, stealing of personal & payment data, impersonation, and many other security breaches.

Unchanged over the past 30 years, the current system has proven to be both unreliable and unsecure. Up until recently, when two young founders from Cluj decided to challenge the status quo and make strong authentication as it should be: simple and free. This is the mission of UNLOQ, one of the startups that were pre-accelerated in the second batch of MVP Academy. (see more)

MVP Academy Class of 2015: Squady

Squady_Pitch

Have you ever searched for interesting stuff happening around you or activities that you might want to join? Then Squady might be exactly what you’re looking for: an app that helps you discover things to do near your location or in a city you are travelling to, based on your friends’ activities or the activities of people nearby.

The Co-Founders of Squady came up with the idea of the product when they wanted to gather some of their friends for a movie night, but couldn’t reach them. It’s then when they realized that an app or platform where people could just find other people to hang out with would solve this problem. With the huge growth of apps like Tinder, they immediately saw the market potential and proceeded to building the product. Later on, Squady was accepted in the second batch of MVP Academy, pre-acceleration program for early stage tech startups, and, after lots of struggles, understood the steps they have to take for building a product that has at its core the needs of its users. (see more)

CyberGhost VPN offers 100.000€ to security startups through the Privacy Accelerator Program

CyberGhost Accelerator

Today we’ve got some great news for the security startups out there! Our friends from CyberGhost VPN, the creators of the most advanced encryption, privacy and security solutions, have recently announced the launch of their Privacy Accelerator Program, the first accelerator to exclusively support ideas and products that address the need for privacy, security and freedom on the internet. And they’re looking for you!

Early stage startup looking for investment, mentorship & support? The CyberGhost Privacy Accelerator program will help you develop ideas and products, offer you guidance in your go-to-market strategy and support you to bring customers on board faster. (see more)

MVP Academy Class of 2015: Seeds

Seeds_Demo Day 1

Businesses generally face lots of bureaucracy when handling the complex processes involved in customer interactions. The founders of Seeds, part of MVP Academy Class of 2015, identified this problem and decided to build the solution: a platform that enables users to create, to distribute, and to analyze advanced surveys for any industry.

They came up with the idea of the product when talking to businesses operating in the industries now targeted by Seeds, and thus understood that they face a real problem with streamlining bureaucracy. Once they got the problem narrowed down, they proceeded to building the product, now fully functional and with its first paying users onboard. (see more)

MVP Academy Class of 2015: SafeDrive

SafeDrive Demo Day 2

Texting while driving kills more people worldwide than drunk drivers and 1 in 4 car accidents is caused by phone distractions. MVP Academy finalist SafeDrive aims to solve this problem through their app that rewards drivers for not using their phone while driving. The points that drivers get can be further on converted in discount vouchers from partner companies.

The app creates a win-win situation for all the parties involved: drivers get home safe and have the possibility to acquire discounted products, partners drive sales and develop their CSR strategies, while SafeDrive gets a cut from the interaction between the driver and the partner. (see more)

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