“This tournament will provide an invaluable opportunity for these companies to pitch new mobile technology, product, service and business propositions to senior executives within the mobile operator and venture capital communities”, Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer at the GSMA.
The GSMA announced the nominees for the EMEA Tournament of the 2010 Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition, along with a number of high-calibre industry executives who will speak at the upcoming GSMA Mobile Innovation EMEA Event, which is being held as part of the HiT Barcelona World Innovation Summit, in Barcelona, Spain, 18 – 19 June, 2009.
The Mobile Innovation ‘Grand Prix’ was created by the GSMA as part of its Mobile Innovation initiative, with the primary goal of showcasing promising entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized companies who are introducing innovative products and services. During the EMEA event, ten companies from around the world will compete in five categories, reviewed by a panel comprised of senior inflatablesexecutives from mobile operators and venture capital firms. Two overall winners will win a trip to compete for the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix Cup at the leading event for the mobile communications industry, the Mobile World Congress, in February 2010.
The ten nominees for the EMEA leg of the 2010 Mobile Innovation Grand Prix
Most Innovative Consumer Application or Service:
Multiplied Media (Canada)
Most Innovative Embedded Mobile or Device-centric Technology
IDENT Technology (Germany)
Most Innovative Carrier Infrastructure or VAS Platform
Most Innovative Enterprise Application or Service
Most Innovative Product Enabling a Greener World
GreenFire Technologies (USA)
Electro Power Systems (Italy)
As a category of the Global Mobile Awards, the Mobile Innovation ‘Grand Prix’ is a tournament-style competition across four regional events culminating at the 2010 GSMA Mobile World Congress, and is designed specifically for small-to-medium companies seeking industry (operator/vendor/VC) support. Nominees will be invited to present their pitch to a global audience at Hit Barcelona’s Telecom Innovation Marketplace, that will also feature keynote speakers from top-tier companies such as Accenture, Visa, HTC Telefonica and Bebo.
The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites more than 750 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.