GenYMaps wins BergenSW and enters Global Startup Battle

Startup Weekends during Global Entrepreneurship Week means that all Startup Weekend winners and runner-ups get the chance to enter the Global Startup Battle.

Bergen Startup Weekend is no exception. The winner of the third edition of Bergen Startup Weekend, that took place 22nd – 24th of November, was GenYMaps. GenYMaps aims to make travel planning easy and enjoyable for everyone. Watch their pitch and support them in the Global Startup Battle by voting for them.



GenYMaps, how does it work?
We asked Dinesh Ram, one of the founders, to tell us a bit more about how the GenYMaps service works. He explained it this way:

“We, Generation Y are the dynamic young people always on the move. When travelling to a new country / new city, how much time do you spend in planning for it, in order to make the most of your time? How many reviews do you read from unrelated people and at the end of it all, you are frustrated and confused? Your travel plans are eventually a bunch of bookmarks, notes on pieces of paper and guidebooks. So, how do you share this with others?

We plan to help you save all this valuable research and empower you to make and “Save” your travel plans. Tell us who you are and what you like and we will help you make your plans by connecting you with people similar to you, who have been there and done that! Eventually you can just “share” this tedious travel research with your friends and use their input to customise your travels!”

Further he said it would be as simple as asking this question –

“Hey! I am travelling to Boston for a couple of days and would like to know what to do. Could you please share your GenYMap with me?”

Challenging 54 hours
When asked about what the biggest challenge in taking the concept from idea to a presentable service in just 54 hours he told us that their team consisted of around 9 people from different countries and different backgrounds – none of whom had met each other before.

“The biggest challenge was to make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of understanding the concept and following a unified plan to make it a reality. Fortunately, we had a great mix of talents and skills in our team and we had a lot of fun working with each other.”


GenYMaps team: 2 Software developers, 2 Graphic designers and 5 people with business background.  Photo: (c) Kristine Lund, Fikseridepartementet (http://fikseridepartementet.no/)
GenYMaps team: 2 Software developers, 2 Graphic designers and 5 people with business background.
Photo: (c) Kristine Lund, Fikseridepartementet (http://fikseridepartementet.no/)


Where the idea came from
Dinesh explains that the idea was born when he traveled to Sicily, Italy this summer. He was planning to travel there for 4 days and it involved long hours of planning, reading of guide books and travel reviews to make the most of the short time.

“It was frustrating to realise that I had been to Sicily before and had gone through the exact sequence of planning the last time as well. How convenient would it be if I had saved all my research from last time? And how will I pass on information to my friend who was going there a week after me? All the great bars, beaches, restaurants and little villages that I had discovered and made small notes about?”

This frustration lead him to pitch the idea of making a map solution that would make travel planning and sharing traveling advice easier. His idea ended up being one of the most popular after the friday night pitches and he managed to gather a large team to work on it for the weekend. About the future of the project he have the following to share:

“Most of us are going to go forward with the execution of the idea. We believe that the idea has great potential to become the next big thing. We have planned to meet at least once per week and make plans and discuss product development and marketing strategy.”


What to do with your business idea?
According to Dinesh it is all very simple –

“If you have an idea, share it with others, talk to as many people as you can. Don’t worry about people stealing your idea. The secret is not the idea but the execution of the idea. Go to events like Startup Weekends and pitch it to others. It is the best way to validate your idea and to start making it a reality. These events also provide a great platform to talk to experienced business leaders and tech experts.”

We here at Startup Norway wish GenYMaps all the best of luck in the Global Startup Battle and with the future development of the consept. Watch their pitch and support them in the Global Startup Battle by voting for them. You can also follow them on facebook.