Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

Plugg, the Internet conference where Europe's finest entrepreneurs, investors, startups, trade press and bloggers gather annually to look at the 'new web' and its outlook for the future from a European perspective, has announced the two winners of the second edition of its Start-Ups Rally.

This pitching competition has brought 20 startups from all over Europe to Brussels to present their business to a highly relevant audience and a professional jury of industry pundits and investors, and moments ago the winners of the competition have been announced.

The overall winner was Mendeley (, based in London. They describe themselves as the " for research". the startup essentially aims to enable academics to manage and sharing their research paper inventory and at the same time discover like- minded people and papers thanks to a recommendation and matching algorithm.

The audience also cast their votes in the morning session and awarded Myngle ( with the People's Choice Award. This startup, based in The Netherlands, pitches itself as a 'new way to learn languages'. Myngle was founded by ex-eBay employees and operates a platform for online language education where teachers and students can virtually connect and determine if there’s a match for an online course to start between the parties (from both sides).

For any questions about the Plugg conference and the concept behind it, please contact the organizers:

Robin Wauters -

Veronique Pochet -


Kirsten Winkler

re: Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

By Kirsten Winkler 28/11/14 (5 years ago)

Congratulations to Myngle. Nobody seems to be able to stop the parrot from winning awards! Do you have still some space in Amsterdam? ;)
Well done, guys.

And congratulations to Mendeley, of course!


re: Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

By Martijn 28/11/14 (5 years ago)

I'm so incredibly proud to have a kick ass girlfriend like Marina. Congrats sweety!



re: Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

By Jan 28/11/14 (5 years ago)

So the audience loved the pitch and voted for Myngle... So what? Did the audience go home and book to use Myngle's services? How many paying customers does Myngle actually have? PAYING CUSTOMERS not "registered users"!!!!!


Visual business models

By Nick 28/11/14 (5 years ago)

I admire people that are so entrepreneurial,definitely in these difficult times. Congratulations to both of them!

For these two companies we mapped out their business models in a visually way, just to give more insight in the way they are trying to build up their businesses. It's not perfect but it gives an idea on how innovative they really are.

Ville Vesterinen

re: Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

By Ville Vesterinen 28/11/14 (5 years ago)

Congrats to both! Remember missing Mendeley already back when I was doing my own Thesis years ago. Great stuff!


re: Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

By Stefan 28/11/14 (5 years ago)

Congratulations to Mendeley! And rock on Myngle!!!! YES!!!!!

Alex Moore

re: Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

By Alex Moore 28/11/14 (5 years ago)

Well done Mendeley and Myngle. 2 great online business. I was especially impressed by Myngle. Language education is a huge market and will grow even bigger in the years ahead.

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