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Some startups attend tech events with their hopes set low, simply looking to make some connections and get their brand out there. Some want to talk to journalists and other industry insiders to see how they could innovate and develop their product.

Others come with the focussed objective of laying the groundwork and developing relationships that could lead to some serious investment, and these 5 startups did just that at Web Summit’s START track.

Chances are you’ve already heard of these great companies as they continue to shake up all kinds of industries, from car-sharing to video texting and more. No doubt we’ll continue to hear even more as their success grows and grows.

YPlan – $24M ($37M total)

YPlan is tonight’s going out app, and it’s going down a storm with investors. Founded in London in 2012, YPlan is now the go-to app for revellers in Edinburgh, San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas. The party continues to spread with the company expanding aggressively, bringing its curated event discovery experience to new cities.

YPlan aims to present each user with a personalized list of the best events happening around them. It take the hassle out of the question, putting the fun back into going out. [vimeo id=’77732336′]

Getaround – $24 ($43M total)

Getaround is the first person-to-person car sharing community. The service allows owners to rent out their cars to trusted friends, co-workers, and neighbours, providing on-demand access to those without cars. Investors have been sharing the wealth as well, with six rounds of funding now having been raised, totalling an amazing $43 million.

Shaking up the world of transport, Getaround means your journeys are now better for the environment and, of course, better for your wallet.  [vimeo id=’60610637′]

Glide – $20M ($28M total)

Glide is the world’s first video texting app, and it may well glide among the big boys of social communications with this latest round of investment.  Combining the personality of video chat with the convenience of texting Glide allows you to send private video messages to friends with just a single tap. If your friends are available, they can see you as you’re recording; if they’re busy or offline, they can watch or respond later – just like a text message.

Even better, all messages are stored on the cloud so they don’t take up any space on your phone and can be rewatched at any time.

Glide - Product Info (August 2014)

Connect – $10M ($15.9M total)

Connect was designed to make it easier for users to stay connected to their friends throughout life. Connect shows all their friends from social networks on a map, and can notify the user when those friends are nearby. They can see where friends have checked in recently, as well as the cities they live in around the world.

The company’s sense for connectivity has allowed them to link with some choice investors, leading to a total funding pool of close to $16 million.


SERVIZ – $12.5M ($20M total)

SERVIZ is an on-demand home services company that aims to disrupt the $400 billion home services industry by offering a faster and less expensive way to book and buy home services online, from plumbing, carpet cleaning, electrical work and more.

SERVIZ will certainly be well-fixed with this investment as they grow their offering into new areas. Their app is available to download from the App Store now.


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