Facebook Announces First 25 fbFund Finalists

Since the fbFund application deadline process passed in late April, the fbFund team has been hard at work whittling down the over 400 submissions to a group of 50 finalists spanning Facebook Connect sites, Facebook Platform apps, and iPhone apps with Facebook Connect. This time around, Facebook also invited more than 20 advisors and investors from the fbFund Developer Advisory Council to help review, rate, and select the finalists. I’m a member of the Developer Advisory Council and am excited by the variety of innovative sites and apps that developers are building.

Facebook is announcing the first 25 finalists today, and the next 25 will be announced soon. Then, fbFund will announce the winning apps and sites that will be invited to participate in the fbFund incubator program in downtown Palo Alto this summer managed by Founders Fund angel investor Dave McClure. Winners will be offered up to $100,000 in seed investments (not grants like previous fbFund rounds) and will receive mentorship from Facebook and the advisory council throughout the summer.

Here are the first 25 finalists, arranged by type: Facebook Connect sites, Facebook Platform applications, and iPhone apps with Facebook Connect.

Facebook Connect Sites

  • Frintro – Play matchmaker and help single friends find friends of friends to date
  • GovIt – Organize their Facebook friends to petition government officials
  • RunMyErrand – Provides a means for people to make money doing small jobs for others
  • RentMineOnline – Residents make referrals to friends through Facebook to earn rewards
  • MyChurch.org – Platform for churches to make their own social networks
  • GreetBeatz – Commission an independent artist to produce an original song to deliver as a virtual gift on Facebook
  • Workstir – Connects local service providers to individuals in need
  • NutshellMail – Sends consolidated notifications from social networks to your inbox
  • RunThere – Tool for runners to map their routes and meet local runners
  • DropPlay – Tool for sharing your favorite music with Facebook friends
  • Magellan (private beta) – Helping people connect locally
  • Life360 (private beta) – Connecting families in cases of emergency
  • Vittanna (private beta) – Bringing student loans to the developing world through micro-loans

Facebook Platform Apps

  • Travel Brain – Choose your favorite travel spots on Facebook, then search reviews on their website
  • Networked Blogs – Tool for promoting your blog and discovering other blogs on Facebook
  • Gameyola – Platform that helps Flash game developers monetize and distribute games on social networks
  • Photos I Like – Tool for photo sharing and content discovery
  • Paradise Paintball 3D – Multiplayer FPS that runs in the browser inside Facebook
  • Veechi Classes – Students can rate & review courses, professors, and employers
  • BitStrips (private beta) – Easy to make comic strips
  • SamaSource – Connects many of the world’s poorest people with work opportunities

iPhone with Facebook Connect Apps

  • FriendFreak – iPhone quiz game that lets you learn more about your friends
  • Near+Now (Sortuv) – Find places “sortuv like Canlis in Chicago”
  • Paparazzi – Social paparazzi game between you and your friends
  • CrazyMenu – Get and make restaurant and dish suggestions