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News  11, Mar 2014

WayGo, Skully Helmets and ThriveOn win big at SXSW’s startup contest

Echelon 2013′s ‘Most Promising Startup’ winner WayGo took home the winning prize in ‘Entertainment and Content Technologies’ category

South By South West (SXSW) 2014 conference’s Accelerator startup competition recently revealed the names of  few winners that it says are companies with promising technologies and gadgets.

Among them is WayGo, a startup that has created a mobile translating app that scans over Chinese and Japanese text and translates them on-screen. The company is run by Ryan Rogowski, Kevin Clark, and Huan-Yu Wu. It has won the ‘Entertainment and Content Technologies’ category. WayGo was also the winner of e27′s Echelon 2013 ‘Most Promising Startup’ award.

The other winners in the Accelerator are Skully Helmets and ThriveOn. The former has won the ‘Wearable Technologies’ category for its Skully AR-1 augmented reality motorcycle helmet. Skully Helmets was co-founded by Marcus Weller, Dipak Patel, Mike Turquette and Drew Schirmer.

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The latter startup has won the ‘Health Technologies’ category for its mobile platform programme called ThriveOn that delivers mental health programmes on the go. ThriveOn was co-founded by Alejandro Foung and Nicholas Letourneau.

Over 500 web-based companies globally participated in SXSW 2014′s Accelerator startup competition. Among them, 64 were selected as finalists in 12 categories.

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  • Dave Smith

    America. Giving out awards for concepts.. I have a concept for a time machine.. Can I have an award.

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