An estimated 10 million people are on the same path as Majic this week, taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs through November 22 and is an international collaboration launched in 2008 by the Kansas City, Missouri-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
So far, Teddy the Guardian has been humming. Not long after it launched in 2013, Majic and her co-founders entered and won the 2013 Startup Open competition, a contest to recognize the most promising start-ups in the world that is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Teddy the Guardian beat contenders from 31 countries. In January, Teddy the Guardian, which participated in a London-based accelerator called Seedcamp, raised $400,000 in seed money from angel investors to speed their research and development efforts. Majic declined to share the firm's revenue but said it is profitable.
Ziv Lautman, 30, an environmental engineer, is focused on creating a healthier environment. He is co-founder and chief marketing officer for BreezoMeter, a 13-person start-up that provides real-time readings of air quality at the street level to help prevent premature deaths caused by pollution.
Lautman launched BreezoMeter with two other engineers he met while studying at Technion — Israel Institute of Technology. When one of his co-founders tried to find out which neighborhoods had the best air quality in Israel, because his wife was pregnant, it soon became clear how hard it was to find this information.
"We realized there was a global need for data that people don't have access to," said Lautman.
BreezoMeter, which started in Haifa, Israel, in 2014 and now has a strong presence in San Francisco, entered and won the Startup Open competition that same year.
Participating in the Startup Open competition opened doors, leading to media exposure and invitations such as one by the U.S. State Department to join the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, Lautman found. The start-up, which has under $1 million in revenue and is not yet profitable, has also raised $1.8 million in venture capital.
"That's the beauty," Lautman said. "We grew very fast."