DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

September 20, 2013

12:42 pm

Last night was Tech Cocktail’s DC Mixer and Startup Showcase at 1776.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll.


Recoup– Consumers want to purchase products ranging from everyday items to luxury travel deals online and also want to make an impact when making the purchase, however there are not many options in today’s e-commerce space. With Recoup, consumers can make these purchases and also select a non-profit to which they want to make an impact for.


TripTuner – TripTuner is a patent-pending recommendation engine that finds ideal travel experiences based on traveler tastes. An addictive design invites users to fine-tune preference sliders like “beach” vs. “mountain” or “relaxing” vs. “active.” Images of matching options update instantly, with no typing, text links or lists. Over half a million user preferences in 145 countries have been fine-tuned to date. Revenue comes from licensing partners such as national tourism board Brand USA, online travel agency Havas Voyages in France and the luxury Kempinski Hotels brand.

Congratulations to both startups. For your win, you receive invitation to a future Tech Cocktail Week, as well as inclusion at Tech Cocktail Celebrate, our national startup showcase held in Downtown Vegas on October 23 – 25. 

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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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