Dabble, KnowledgeHound, and Caysh Win Chicago Startup of the Year

August 25, 2015

12:30 pm

In preparation for the final competition at Celebrate 2015, the Tech.Co Startup of the Year Competition and Mixer made a stop in Chicago last Thursday to gather with the community at the new WeWork Fulton Market coworking space. Along with Saper Law and Troy Henikoff, Managing Director of Techstars Chicago, almost 200 community members and familiar faces rallied to support Chicago startups.

All three of these startups have qualified to join us in Las Vegas for the semifinals at Celebrate 2015. The Startup of the Year competition has a few more stops to make: August 27 in Southeastern Virginia, September 9 in Washington DC, and September 15 in Albuquerque NM! If you’re still looking to support a startup in your region, watch for our Online Competition – you can vote for your favorite startup in the Midwest, Southwest, Fargo, Austin, International, and more – online starting tomorrow!

Chicago’s Startups of the Year Include:

Reader’s Choice and Best Pitch: Dabble

Dabble lets you discover, teach, and host one-time affordable classes. It’s difficult to keep learning, trying, and doing. Since there is always an excuse that prevents you from investing in education, Dabble makes it easy to try something new through one-time affordable classes. Explore the city around you, meet cool people and expand your horizons – because doing something today is so much better than putting life on the back burner.

Reader’s Choice: KnowledgeHound

KnowledgeHound is like the “Google” of market research. Billions of data and insights are trapped inside unsearchable hard drives, share drives, and data files. Their mission is to set data free and unleash insights. The KnowledgeHound platform ingests a company’s market research into a private database, layers on top a search engine and visualization tool. The company can now go from business question to answer within minutes rather than hours or days. For example, a brand launching a new bodywash can now type in KnowledgeHound, “what scent do consumers like most for bodywash?”, the technology searches all the company’s knowledge and, if they have it, the data is returned within seconds.

Best Pitch: Caysh

Caysh is cooler than a gift card. Why spend 45 minutes and $6 or more, driving to the grocery store, searching for a greeting card, selecting a gift card, buying a stamp, and dropping it all in the mail, only to wonder if your gift ever arrived, and whether they liked it or not? Caysh starts on your phone with a pic or vid of you. Select the amount you’d like to send, fund your gift from any credit or debit card, and you’ll be notified upon delivery. Your friend can view and share your greeting, and we’ll remind them to circle back to say thanks later. They’ll receive your gift through PayPal, the world’s most prevalent digital wallet. That means they’ll be able to spend it on their mobile device, their desktop, or at thousands of stores that accept PayPal at checkout.

Join us in Las Vegas October 4-6 as these startups and more are invited to demo, pitch, learn, and grow with other startups, entrepreneurs, and the tech community at Celebrate 2015.


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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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