A pair of Slovenian computer programmers, a stonemason from London and a Dutch-American based on a boat in Amsterdam are among the winners of Seedcamp, the week-long event to foster European entrepreneurial talent.
The organisers decided to invest €50,000 in six of the 20 teams that took part rather than five as had originally been planned due to thee quality of the entrants.
Saul Klein, Seedcamp founder, said: "Seedcamp is about helping as many promising companies get off the ground as possible and we felt that for this year six was the right number."
These include Kublax, a personal finance website that not only aggregates different bank accounts and credit cards, but can ensure that each is updated with new transactions automatically. It aims to improve on the kind of services provided currently by Microsoft’s Money software, creating a considerable competitor from day one.
Other winners have similarly bold ambitions.
Rentmineonline, created by Amsterdam-based Ed Spiegel, aims to do for the rental market what eBay has done for buying and selling items.