We are very pleased to announce the three Microsoft Imagine Fund teams that will be participating in the Imagine Cup World Semi Finals: Grant Me, Hashtagr and Solipsoid Software. These teams were nominated during the Microsoft Imagine Fund Final Pitch Day on April 25th, where the eleven Microsoft Imagine Fund teams pitched their startup idea and solution to a panel of judges. Congratulations to our three winners for being selected to compete in the US Imagine Cup World Semi Finals and to all the Imagine Fund teams for their creative and entertaining presentations!

What’s next?

Our three winning teams will be competing against 300+ teams from all around the world.Only 35 teams will make it to the next round and compete in the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle USA from July 28th to August 2nd.  The Imagine Cup World Finalists will be announced early June. Stay tuned!

Meet our winners!

Grant Me

The Microsoft Imagine Fund Team UPenn, from University of Pennsylvania created Grant Me - an application and crowdsourcing platform for grant funding aimed at improving the current grant funding process by reducing complexity and time spent on finding available grants. Founders are Nick Liu, John Lu, and Grace Truong.

Hashtagr

Hashtagr is THE Hashtag Search Engine. Hashtagr aggregates posts from Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Google+ into a quick, simple, and highly interactive user interface. For businesses, Hashtagr provides a “Hashtag Tracking Platform” that social media specialists and content managers can use to track their hashtag campaigns. Founders are Khoa Nguyen from Depaul University, and Saagar Gupta and Dennis Leancu both from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Check out Hashtagr’s website and Windows 8 app!

Solipsoid Software

The team Solipsoid Software created the game Unnatural Selection where you take the role of a mutant fish and eat everything you can find. Gameplay is fast-paced and addictive, with a constant stream of food needed to stay alive and grow larger. All the while, you must fight off attacks by robots that view you as an infection. Founders are Randal Staewen and Sean Howard from University of Houston.

Want to know more about the Imagine Cup competition? Click here :).