Here Are the 4 Finalists Competing to Be the Nation’s Hottest Showcasing Startup

October 7, 2014

12:32 pm

After a day replete with interesting sessions and discussions – from growing the talent pool to accelerating startup cities – we’ve arrived at the second and final day of this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference. Today, we’ve got everything from Ben Parr and renowned illusionist David Copperfield discussing how to captivate your audience, to how to unleash your creativity with award-winning illustrator Rachel Ryle.

But, of course, we can’t forget about the startups. At this year’s Celebrate, 51 startups from across the country (including one from Argentina!) got the opportunity to pitch their ideas at our National Startup Showcase and Celebration, last night, at the Place on 7th in Downtown Las Vegas. This morning, we’re extremely pleased to announce the Final 4 startups that will compete this afternoon for Tech Cocktail’s Nation’s Hottest Showcasing Startup:

Flat Out of Heels (Miami): Flat Out of Heels, LLC is the creator of the Flat Out rollable flat and the Flat Out shoe vending machine. Our rollable flats can be discretely carried for emergencies or worn all stay for stylish, durable comfort. Placed in venues like airports, nightclubs, malls and hotels, where many women are wearing heels, the vending machines make it convenient to get emergency shoes when needed. Step out of the high heels, slip into Flat Outs and go.

HIS Energy (Baltimore): HIS Energy, LLC provides a self-powered sensor that gathers its power from the energy available in the environment (Solar, Vibrations,Thermal, Radio Frequency). This is made possible by a proprietary intelligent power management module that can gather and store multiple forms of energy simultaneously. This energy is used to power sensors for the “Internet of Things”. Where everything will be connected to everything.

Popular Pays (Chicago): Pop Pays is a platform that incentivizes Instagram influencers to post about brands. Brands can list offers on our app, ranging from a free cup of coffee for people with 500 followers to a paid gig opportunity for the biggest influencers. As a result, brands get content 12x cheaper than buying ads direct from Instagram and much more authentic and effective since it’s coming from a real person instead of the brand itself. ​

Waleteros (Miami): Waleteros is much better than a Check Cashing Store.  Waleteros enables underbanked and unbanked US Hispanic consumers to cash checks, pay bills, send money and receive small loans using their smartphones. Anywhere, anytime. Waleteros is more convenient, cheaper and safer than a Check Cashing Store.

All four startups will compete this afternoon. The grand prize winner today will win: the Tech Cocktail Chalice, a $10,000 cash prize, American Airlines Business Extra points, and $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits. In addition, finalists will receive $1,000 in AWS credits, a dedicated mentor session with David Cohen, and a chance to participate in a Onevest “Digital Demo Day.”

On October 6-7, Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference is gathering hundreds of attendees, industry leaders, and inspiring speakers in downtown Vegas to meet the hottest startups and investors from around the country, learn and collaborate with others turning their communities into startup cities, and enjoy music, parties, and llama spotting. Check out more Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference coverage here.


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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