Startup Knight competition, which targets South African software-based startups, was launched just last month receiving numerous entrants.
Entrants were narrowed down to compose the shortlist of 15 finalists, who were announced on October 26, following the close of online entries.
Easy2Map (easy2map.com), which developed software for those interested to create their own fully customizable Google Maps without needing to author a single line of code emerged as the winner of Startup Knight 2012.
Byte Orbit, whose goals to see Easy2Map succeed as a sustainable profitable tech startup, will be working with Easy2Map to further develop the software and mentor the startup.
Before announcing the winner two startups, Virtual Firehouse and Karma Footprint, were singled out as runner ups for the competition.
On Saturday November 3, the finalists were required to pitch their idea to the panel of judges at the Byte Orbit offices. Prior to the pitching session, each startup was interviewed to get an insight of what their general thoughts were about the tech scene in South Africa.
The interviews were recorded and Byte Orbit will be publishing the video on their YouTube channel as soon as it is back from editing.
The 15 enthusiastic entrepreneurs presented their innovative ideas to the panel of judges and the competition was tough. After an entire day of inspiring ideas, the judges had finally come to the conclusion and everyone had a short break to freshen up for the Startup Knight Cocktail Evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Granger Bay.
Following the tremendous feedback and encouragement from the sponsors, industry personalities, and corporates Byte Orbit plans to run Startup Knight again in 2013. More information about Startup Knight 2013 will be made available via social media and online publications early next year.