Freebie and Dryv Win Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

Zach Davis

Last night was Tech Cocktail’s Chicago Mixer and Startup Showcase at 1871.  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.

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Your winners are below.

Chicago's Hottest Showcasing Startup – Reader's Choice

Freebie – For brands: Freebie provides an alternative to traditional advertising. Freebie gets the product or service directly into the hands of consumers while also generating social buzz and engagement around the brand/product. For consumers: Freebie allows you to use your social influence to try new products and services for free. Social currency has value.

Chicago's Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch

Dryv – Dryv is a modern and convenient dry cleaning and laundry service. We leverage the power of mobile to provide the most convenient pickup and delivery experience. People love us because our Dryvers are friendly, we’re available nights and weekend, and our cleaning is 5-star qualit. Let us make your Dry Cleaning “situation” better!

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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.