Each year the talented students of the IDC Herzliya Zell Entrepreneurship Program visit the NY and CA branches of TechAviv to show off their semester-long startup projects and compete for the Top Zell Startup award. Past finalists went on to great success including Wibiya, Gifts Project, Bizzabo and Wibbitz and last year’s winner Roomer which recently raised $2M. Fast Company also recently named Roomer, Bizzabo and Wibbitz to its 2013 Top 6 Israeli Startups To Watch list.
This years Zell startup finalists:
- Payground – online sales tool for artists
- Repstamp – single reputation system for e-commerce
- Supplime – personal assistant for grocery management
- Fandome (stealth) – digitized soccer match-day programs
- Farmbow (stealth) – home food gardening made simple and fun
- Naked Caps (stealth) – personalized cosmetics products
After Naked Caps won the popular vote in CA, a panel of expert judges in NYC; Taykey’s Amit Avner, Innovid’s Tzvika Netter, DFJ Gotham’s Lucas Nelson and award winning Columbia Business School professor Robert Farrokhnia commented on the presentations followed by a TechAviv NY group vote via SMS to decide this year’s winner.
Coming out on top as 2013’s Top Zell Startup was Repstamp. Repstamp is a single reputation system for all e-commerce marketplaces, mitigating the issue of cross marketplace identity transfer and bringing down the barriers to entry to any new marketplace. Their vision is to create a new “online reputation standard” which will increase the trust in all e-commerce marketplaces and would be valuable for both the marketplaces and their users.
Congrats to Ben Schnitzer, Tiffany Stelman, Boaz Cohen and Dan Benjamin on the decisive win in NYC and to all the student startups that participated. You’re in great company with past finalists so get out there and crush it. We’ll be watching.