Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced

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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 (http://www.mendeley.com), based in London. They describe themselves as the “Last.fm 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 (http://www.myngle.com) 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).

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