November 8, 2012
Hinge is a dating site that connects you with friends of friends. Their pitch featured “slow jam” music in the background, backup singing about the perils of online dating (like “axe murderers”), and a smidgen of judge flattery.
Competitors faced off with one-minute startup pitches, which were scored by the judges on a scale of 1 to 10. The goal was to help startups refine the perfect “elevator pitch,” not necessarily judge the product or business.
Prizes included stays at Embassy Suites, coworking space at Intelligent Office, Otterbox cases, and Zappos gift certificates.
Here are the other startups that competed:
- Treater: An app that lets you send small gifts to your friends, like coffee, dinner, or a massage.
- CoFoundersLab: An online matching service for entrepreneurs looking for cofounders, which also holds offline events.
- 2CommaKid: A street wear clothing brand with an inspirational message.
- Feastly: A site that connects hungry people with great cooks, to eat meals in their homes.
- Tixelated: A site that helps people raise money for their parties, with an initial focus on college students.
- Dormify: An online store for dorm-room furnishings.
- SocialTables: Software that helps event planners manage guest lists and seating charts.
- CrimePush: An app to record and report crimes.
- MyMilitaryLife: Resources for military members and their families.
- Meritocruitment: A site that helps candidates find jobs that fit their skills.
- Blastroots: A platform where anyone can create a campaign to change public policies.
- TeamVisibility: An app that helps sales and support leaders make their teams better.
- JetJoose: A site with information and recommendations on the best and most affordable places to stay, eat, visit, and shop.
- Markerly: A highlighter for the web, which lets you bookmark webpages with your highlights.
- Eventstir: A funding site for events: people pre-pay for tickets so you never throw a poorly attended event.
- Cannon.fm: An app for local music.
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