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Slovenian Startup Wins TechCrunch Prize, Secures USD 1.5m Seed Capital

San Francisco, 12 September (STA) - Mobile communications platform Layer, a startup company founded by Slovenian entrepreneur Tomaž Štolfa in March this year, won the prestigious Techcrunch Disrupt competition in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The company, which is developing a messaging, voice, and video platform that can easily be integrated into mobile apps, beat the competition of 29 startup companies vying for the prize and walked away with USD 50,000 prize and about USD 1.5m in seed capital from a number of venture funds, including Bloomberg Beta and Crunchfund.

The technology is aimed developers looking to for a simple way to integrate communications into their apps.

There are tools to build map, payment, and analytics into apps, but nothing yet for communication, Štolfa explained.

He said over 1,000 developers had already signed up for the platform.

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