The NY Video group hosted a competition for video startups last night at Columbia University. The criteria for entry were twofold: the company must have an office in New York and must be less than four-years-old. Prior to the event, open voting took place online to whittle 100 entries down to the six companies that presented.
The presentations were kept to five minutes, with two audience questions allowed per presentation. The top six included Zixi, PopScreen, 5min, KickApps, AdoTube and Kaltura. After the five-minute demos, and an extra 60 seconds for Zixi to make up for tech issues during their presentation, the onsite audience voted for a winner via SMS.
5min took home the win for their full service video offering. Presenter Ran Harnevo of 5min summarized the company by saying that they provide syndication partners with, "a player, the content and the dashboard." Harnevo ran demoed several partner sites with the 5min platform at work, and judging by the votes the audience liked what they saw. For more, view the Livestream below.