Winners Announced for The DEC and Comerica’s Inaugural $50k Business Pitch Contest

November 22, 2014

2:40 pm

After 5 months, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) and Comerica’s inaugural $50k business pitch contest came to an end. Here’s a timeline of the competition:

June 12, 2014 – Contest announced

In the inaugural year of the contest more than 130 applications were received from local entrepreneurs and start-ups across North Texas.

July 1st – Competition is officially open. Submissions begin.

Oct. 1st – Final 10 announced

The top 10 finalists are:

XOcur is a cloud-computing provider for businesses.

Savvy Boheme is a handcrafted, natural skin care company based in Cedar Hill.

Parqer is an app that allows drivers to tip and pay for valet parking.

I2I inc. is developing a wearable camera called iPal that follows your eyes and allows you to take pictures or video of what you are seeing.

EasyEye develops kiosks that provide consumers with custom over-the-counter reading glasses.

Glass Media is a digital signage company.

Rollout provides project management services that allow users to access documents and drawings as well as collaborate with team members from any device.

Players Revolution is an adult recreational sports ranking and prize service that helps players organize regional and national championship tournaments.

Deadeye provides marksmen with technology, data and feedback to improve their skills.

LiveWire is an online tax preparation service.

Oct. 1st – Voting for final 10 began

To narrow down the finalists, the contest opened up a public poll to choose from the ten companies. The final four will be chosen from a combination of the popular vote and a panel of 10 judges (consisting of two representatives from Comerica and Dallas area business and startup leaders)

Oct. 31st – Public poll closes

Nov. 7th – The four finalists and panel of celebrity judges are announced

The four finalist contestants, who were selected by a combination of more than 6,600 social media votes and a second round of judging from a panel consisting of DEC and Comerica executives, as well as executives from the local investment community, are:

Glass Media Inc. (Winner of the social media popular vote), who developed a patent-pending, cloud-based, digital projection technology product for storefront glass and point of sale applications.

LiveWire a curated online marketplace designed to connect consumers with vetted and publically reviewed tax preparers, accountants and financial planners by phone and video.

Rollout a technology provider whose patent-pending, cloud-based digital product aims to eliminate the need for architecture, engineering and construction firms to print hard-copy blueprints.

XOcur a software developer whose cloud computing optimization platform aims to cut through the complexity and confusion of choosing cloud solutions and increase cost efficiencies for companies.

The local celebrity judges are: Fleetwood Hicks, Entrepreneur; president/ founder of Villy Custom and ABC Shark Tank Season 3 contestant.

David Johnson, Business Analyst, KRLD 1080 NewsRadio.

Terra Saunders, Entrepreneur; owner/ head designer, Waitressville Uniforms and Dallaswear Uniforms.

Natalie Solis, Anchor, KDFW FOX 4 News.

Nov 20th, 2014 – Pitch contest

The final four had seven minutes to pitch to a standing room only crowd.

The teams were judged in the following five categories:

  • The Idea – what problem are you solving?
  • The Product/Market Fit – what is competition and user experience like?
  • The Differentiator – how are you different?
  • The Team – how do the people that work for the company execute the vision?
  • Overall Score – will the idea work?

And the winner is:

Rollout, Inc., the $50,000 winner, is a Dallas-based technology start-up whose patent-pending, cloud-based digital drawing management product aims to eliminate the need for architecture, engineering and construction firms to print paper blueprints. In addition to the $50,000 prize, Rollout, Inc. will also receive in-kind support including six months of free coworking arrangements at the DEC, travel assistance, and technology and cloud computing services.

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Paula belongs to the Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, the Hispanic IT Executive Council, and is a 2014 Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Technology awardee. She dreams of bettering the world. Follow Paula on Twitter @Agean6.

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