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Mathew Magno, co-founder and CEO of Japa Inc., wins the 2022 Startup World Cup Sacramento

Japa Wins Startup World Cup Sacramento

Parking app took top prize in 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition

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  • 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition winner takes home trophy in StartupWorld Cup Sacramento—and goes on to vie in the Startup World Cup Semifinals and Grand Finale.

Over 50 startups applied to the Startup World Cup Sacramento Regional Competition and 10 finalists pitched their ventures before judges on August 30, 2022. The voting was close but in the end, JAPA won and goes on to represent the Sacramento region at the Startup World Cup Semifinals and Grand Finale in San Francisco September 28-30.

JAPA is a platform that transforms parking lots to SMART parking lots. The then-fledgling startup, co-founded by undergraduates Mathew Magno and Charles Chen, took top prize in the 2018 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition and has been expanding ever since. 

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