Virtual reality startup wins premier Japanese startup pitch battle
Infinity Ventures Summit took place earlier this week in the beef capital of Japan, Kobe. Now in its tenth year, the invite-only event is considered one of Japan’s most prestigious startup happenings.
Check out a quick summary of the 14 startups that took part in this year’s pitch competition below.
First place – Cluster
Cluster is a virtual reality (VR) event hosting platform which can accommodate over 1,000 participants.
600 people participated in the company’s official virtual release party this last Saturday. Participants can join the party through a VR headset or with a computer browser. Similar to how you would create an online chat, users can host their own events by going to Cluster’s homepage and creating a room.
The company takes a 30 percent cut of all ticket sales.
Yoropei (Yoro Pay) by Popshoot
Yoro Pay is an app for keeping track of who owes you money and making payments between friends.
TownWiFi lets users connect to two million free wifi spots across six countries with a single application.
Smooz by Astool
Smooz is a mobile-focused internet browser with improved tab browsing and a built-in social comment and bookmark feature.
Player! by Ookami
Player! gives users live updates on their favorite sports teams and allows fans to connect and celebrate together through group chat.
HoloEyes VR by HoloEyes
HoloEyes VR allows doctors to see CT scans in mixed and virtual reality for surgery preparation and education.
iNail by Bit
iNail is a monthly subscription nail printing and design service for salons.
APlay Pulse by Nain
APlay Pulse are wireless earbuds which let you control your phone by voice and can also read notifications for you.
Cansell is a marketplace for buying and selling hotel reservations which don’t have a cancelation policy.
Matcher is a service for matching current students with recent graduates who work in fields that the students are interested in.
Scouty is an artificial intelligence-powered recruiting tool which helps companies find engineers by crawling social networks and other open data sources like GitHub for candidates.
One Visa by Residence
One Visa helps companies in Japan with the paperwork-heavy process of applying for a visa for foreign employees.
Receptionist by Delighted
Receptionist is an online reception desk service for companies.
Lion Project by Hyper8
Lion Project is the hostess club version of Uber. Use the Facebook bot to call ladies to your event within 30 minutes.
This is part of our coverage of Infinity Ventures Summit, taking place in Kobe on June 7 and 8.
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