“I hope you all had a restful morning after last night’s festivities. On behalf of everyone at Bplan, I want to say thank you again for a wonderful event and all of your efforts in raising funds for the startup ecosystem at UC Berkeley. We love the Bplan/UM partnership and look forward to bigger and better things in the future.”— - Kirsten Berzon -Program Manager, Haas School of Business
UM’s “Mad Valley” aims to capture the unique ecosystem of startups, VCs, brands, and media, creating symbiotic relationships where startups can learn how to work best with agencies and brands while bringing the creativity of Madison Avenue closer to the ingenuitive and adaptive technology behind Silicon Valley.
Learn more about the Bplan Competition Semi-Finalist Teams
ConcertCrowd is a new Facebook and mobile web app based on a user’s location, music likes and friends list, helping fans discover live music in any city around the world. As the only company focusing on the discovery aspect, ConcertCrowd aims to provide fans with all the tools they need to find their next favorite show, including: integrated streaming audio for sampling artists, geolocation based discovery, venue maps and personalized event recommendations.
MD Local provides rapid and convenient access to primary care physicians (PCP) in the United States by leveraging existing telemedicine technology in virtual kiosks at local retail pharmacies or supermarkets. MD Local provides a solution to the ballooning PCP demand and associated access and wait-time challenges through readily improving telecommunications technology, enabling a patient and a physician to be physically located in different parts of the country, thus revolutionizing the healthcare industry.
Memeja is a social networking site that aims to unify users from around the world by identifying with common memes, or pictorial representations of themes, ideas, and experiences. Users can upvote or downvote content based on how much these memes resonate with them and can also share their content with the online community. Through this process, Memeja hopes to create a meaningful user-driven compendium of the human experience.
Traverie is an explorer focused startup that leverages the emotional, personal and inherently social aspects of travel discovery to make the process visual, fun and trustworthy. We bring structure to the current ad hoc and offline model of discovering and selecting destinations. We blend user-generated content, professional content and advertising to deliver a compelling user experience. Our founding team comprises a designer, engineer and product manager from MIT, Harvard and Berkeley-Haas, respectively.
Yaygois a mobility company that will improve transportation by leveraging the smartphone trend. Yaygo hopes to provide a reliable, on-demand, comfortable and safe mode of travel with the flexibility of a taxi and the affordability of a bus.
SoniqPlay, a UK startup, was kind enough to sponsor of DJ station and provide live demos of their FirePlayer Remix stations for our guests to play with. We have selected 3 of the best mixes as our finalists - who’s your favorite?
“ We thank UM and the Berkeley Bplan Committee for the opportunity to present to an extremely relevent group of people. Given our focus on the travel industry, we got connected with potential partners at firms such as Time Inc. and Conde Naste. We also had the opportunity to meet individuals from Google, other startups and folks at UM working on the Cathay Pacific account. The event was definitely a big success for us with its focus on converging trends in technology and media. We look forward to competing in the Business Plan Competition next week and building out an experience travelers love.”
- Gaurav Agarwal, Traverie
“The UM-Haas event demonstrated to me how digital media has an increasingly important role in innovation. Overall, I thought the event was a great success. I really enjoyed the opportunity to present and I thought it was interesting that Jeff picked teams focused on digital media. I made a few connections, including with people from CNBC and Jiovan from Scan.”
- Michael Vladimer, Yaygo
“The event was an amazing opportunity for our team to network and to share our idea with a broader group for the first time. We were encouraged by the positive feedback.”
- Yelena Bushman, MD Local
“We were very honored to be asked to present at the event. We enjoyed meeting and networking with all the various media stakeholders in the crowd and were happy to get the opportunity to pitch to the crowd.”