The news arrived just a few days ago: 5 startups will take part in FbStart, a special program launched for the first time in Italy by Facebook! Guess what?! All of them are graduated from our acceleration program!

 

Here they are:

karaoke one logoKaraoke One: mobile app that turns the karaoke experience into a social activity, with gaming and sharing features

 

NextWin_logoNextwin: social game aimed at sharing sports betting, which allows users to play with virtual coins (nextcoins) and compete on the basis of their predictions to be voted by the community and win prizes

 

TutoredTutored: social platform where students meet to better organize their university life and to book other students as tutors

 

Verticomics_logoVerticomics: an app that allows fans of comics to buy and read on any device the best publications available, adjusted for a vertical digital format. In addition, it offers a free comic per day

 

foto-telaviv_0000_whoosnapWhoosnap: app that allows to request real-time pictures of a specific place or event and sends a push notification to users in the area who can provide the requested photo and receive a prize

 

Launched by Facebook in 2014, FBStart is aimed at guiding young companies to a strategic use of the Facebook platform to make their business grow. With the first live event in Italy dedicated to the FbStart program (FbStart tour), which was held at our headquarters, Facebook has started an online coaching course for the startups, chosen for their use of all of the potentialities of the platform.

“We are very happy to have brought to Italy for the first time a stage of the FbStart world tour, which sees the live presence of our experts and of Italian startups, together to understand the potentialities of our platform – Paola Bonomo, Global Marketing Services Director for Southern Europe at Facebook said– We wish to all of the startups involved to think big, be fast and become global, three key elements that led Facebook to move from a social networks to a business enabler.”

 

 

In addition to a package of tools and services aimed at building and growing the app, startups will have opportunities for mentorship and contact with Facebook’s team and an exclusive global community of startups. The FbStart program, in which Facebook has invested 100 million dollars at the global level, has so far supported 7,200 companies operating through mobile apps.

As Luigi Capello, co-founder of LUISS ENLABS and CEO of LVenture Group said: “This initiative provides the startups’ teams with essential tools and contacts for their growth. We are particularly pleased that Facebook has chosen our accelerator for the launch of this new platform, and we are confident that our startups will benefit from this collaboration.”