May 18, 2016
This article is brought to you in partnership with Startup Palm Beach.
Nearly 200 people gathered in downtown West Palm Beach to hear startups pitch for funding. This social event, called Crowdfunding & Cocktails, brought together members of the community, city officials, investors and entrepreneurial talent.
Attendees granted over $6,000 in funding across the 10 startups that were selected by a committee of community leaders in a competitive application process. The funds were given with no-strings-attached as a way of supporting early stage entrepreneurs who are testing new business ideas.
Crowdfunding & Cocktails is a live, in-person crowdfunding event where every attendee has the chance to fund new businesses. In an effort to foster entrepreneurship and drive economic growth, Startup Palm Beach organized the event in partnership with the City of West Palm Beach and the Downtown Development Authority. Crowdfunding and Cocktails proved to be an incredible way to increase awareness and overall engagement with these newly founded businesses by giving the founders a public facing platform to launch.
Fish with a Man came in 1st place, with Jiva Active and Pickk coming in at 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Read about each of the startups that competed at the Crowdfunding & Cocktails event, below:
Fish with a Man (West Palm Beach, FL)
Fish With A Man is a nonprofit organization with a focus on supporting homeless people in their path to becoming self-reliant. We do this by helping them in four key areas; education, identification, transportation, and employment.
Jiva Active (Jupiter, FL)
JIVA Active is a blend of creativity, quality, and versatility in an activewear line built for life in motion. JIVA combines exclusive in-house designed prints with technical sweat-ready fabrics all manufactured in Miami, Florida. Close attention to detail from fit to function take you from surf & studio to brunch & beyond in minutes.
Pickk (Pompano Beach, FL)
Pickk is a mobile app that puts your knowledge to the test, and provides an exciting new way to watch and interact with live TV events. While you watch your favorite sport or live TV show the app provides you a list of options to bet on with real time multipliers.
Energy Bionics (Wellington, FL)
Design, develop, manufacture and market products that harvest ambient energy and power the mobile Internet of Things (IoT). Our first product is Carbon, the only analog watch that harvests ambient energy and powers mobile devices.
Friendly Reminders (Delray Beach, FL)
Friendly Reminders lets people share their dietary restrictions and culinary preferences with anyone who needs it. Whether you’re going to a friend’s for a dinner party, attending a company luncheon or eating at a new restaurant you can use Friendly Reminders to make sure people know what you do and don’t like.
AquaCo Farms (Lake Worth, FL)
Aquaco Farms is designed to be one of the largest Florida Pompano grow-out facilities in the world and will provide a sustainable, high quality, highly sought after and credible fish source to retail & restaurants and other users from South Florida to Orlando, with zero impact to our populations.
HuddleFly (Weston, FL)
Syncing up the modern family or business can be challenging. HuddleFly is an internet enabled dynamic digital dashboard for families and businesses. HuddleFly is device ready and will help you stay in sync with your 21st century lifestyle.
Waterflowers Ecological Design (Dania Beach, FL)
SLURPITS are biofilters that absorb and digest oil, pesticides and other toxins in the water. Designed for docks, storm drains and ditches they use a patented process of manmade and natural fibers that work with a blend of selected Non GMO natural bacteria that is EPA registered and certified pathogen free to clean the water.
Vivid Arts (West Palm Beach, FL)
Vivid Arts is a community-based Google Culture Institute and mobile app that enhances local Arts and Cultures communities. The Vivid Arts platform connects and promotes the work of artists, photographers and bloggers while giving tourist, locals, and art enthusiasts the ability to discover and interact with the art scene around them.
Versattire (Lake Worth, FL)
Style and sweat. Everybody sweats, some more than others. Comfortable, attractive, versatile activewear suitable for business or pleasure.
Congratulations to all the companies that participated in the event. The next event will be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 14th-20th 2016.
Startup Palm Beach is a public-private partnership and entrepreneur resource center in West Palm Beach. The organization catalyzes new business and helps existing entrepreneur support organizations strengthen the entrepreneur ecosystem. In addition to hosting regular meetups and marquis hackathons and startup weekends, Startup Palm Beach helps provide free coworking space, advice, and connectivity to anyone interested in entrepreneurship.
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