FbStart is our program focused on helping mobile startups worldwide succeed by providing free tools, services, partner benefits, and mentorship. I'm excited to share this year's winners of the annual FbStart Apps of the Year competition that recognize the most successful mobile apps from the program. Enthusiasm for the awards was very high this year as we received over 1,000 entries from 89 countries.
Apps were judged across four principles: growth and engagement, experience and design, efficiency at scale, and leveraging Facebook’s platform. Award categories include best apps by region, best social good app, and a grand prize winner. Learn more about the winning apps below.
Grand prize winner VoiceTube receives $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in Facebook Ad Credits, and the other winners each receive $5,000 in cash and $7,500 in Facebook Ad Credits. App submissions were judged by a panel of technology experts from Andreessen Horowitz, ChangeCorp, DeskConnect, GitHub, Facebook, and Saavn.
Based in Taiwan, VoiceTube is a way to learn English through videos. Founded by married couple Richard Zenn and Carol Lai, the app features over 30,000 videos with features such as bilingual subtitles, an online dictionary, sentence repeat and recording. According to Richard, the video platform idea came about because “education in Taiwan teaches us reading and writing in English, but less in listening and speaking.” To learn more about VoiceTube, see our case study.
Bologna, Italy-based Musixmatch is a crowd-sourced lyrics catalog that syncs directly with a wide variety of apps and features lyrics in a broad number of languages.
Latin America App of the Year: Emprego Ligado (Android)
Emprego Ligado is a mobile-based recruitment platform focused on the blue-collar job market in Brazil. The app has facilitated millions of interviews for Brazilian workers, with 18% of customers getting a job offer the first day after signing up for the app.
Based in Los Angeles, RadPad makes discovering an apartment for rent easier, safer, and more social. The app lets you rent or sublet a room in your apartment, as well as pay rent through the app.
MedShr, based in London, is a global platform that enables doctors to connect with each other and discuss clinical cases in a secure place. Founded by Dr. Asif Qasim, a London cardiologist, the app has even been used by doctors in European migrant camps for Syrian refugees.
Now entering its third year, FbStart has over 9,000 members from 137 countries around the world with 70% of the program's members coming from outside the United States. This year we're expanding the benefits available to members, and we're kicking off an FbStart event series in over 20 cities around the globe. FbStart membership updates include:
If you're interested in joining FbStart, you can apply for the program directly at FbStart.com. If you're already an FbStart member, you'll be hearing from us shortly about how to take advantage of these new opportunities.