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Petah-Tiqwa, Central, Israel, 2009/05/05 - A one-man startup without funding had won the European Web2.0 startup competition out of 160 participating companies. The members of the jury, important figures of the Web2.0 world, had unanimously chosen Colnect - Colnect.com.
"When there is patience, there is the opportunity to create value and to monetize it." said the representative of the jury giving the award to Amir Wald, Colnect's founder.
"Winning was an utter surprise!" says Mr. Wald, "Considering the magnitude of other startups participating and the infrastructure at their disposal, Colnect has been honored enough just by reaching the finals. Colnect's presentation for the competition has been very carefully planned and the promotional video helped delivering our qualities in a unique way, keeping the jury attentive and hear what Colnect offers and why it's unique".
The European Web2.0 startup competition, named Startup2.0, was held in Bilbao, Spain. This is its third consecutive year.
Startup2.0 is a competition of European web 2.0 sites whose objectives are to promote and reward the European startups (either created or willing to do so in the future) that work in the field of 2.0 technologies. Previous winners were 5min.com in 2007 and Zilok.com in 2008.
Colnect Collectors Community (colnect.com), available in 35 languages, offers collectibles collectors valuable services that are not found on other sites. Free wiki-like collectibles catalogs are created by members of the site and provide the base for easy personal collection management. Colnect allows collectors to automatically match their lists to perform successful swaps with minimal effort. Colnect is supported by an international community of over a hundred volunteering collectors who maintain its catalogs, update its translations and help developing it.
Amir Wald is a 29-year old Israeli entrepreneur with a vast experience in the IT industry. Mr. Wald has a bachelor cum laude from the Open University of Israel in Computer Science. After traveling the world as a backpacker for 2.5 years, Amir has decided to launch his startup, Colnect, shortly after returning home.