Tech.Co was overly excited to welcome Tech Cocktail's first year at the Memphis, TN's BBQ Fest, a four-day event filled with, well, I'm sure you guessed it: BBQ. Set along the Mississippi River, last week's event brought together 250 cooking teams, a great amount of BBQ, and some technology; this year, startup incubator Start-Q added tech into the mix, with Tech Cocktail holding our very own Memphis Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase.
Our fearless Tech Cocktail ambassador, Mara Lewis, helped coordinate a two-day event. On day 1, 21 startups selected by the Tech.Co team were invited for a “Speed Pitch” competition where each company had 60 seconds to pitch their business to Tech.Co partners and sponsors. On day 2, we brought our traditional mixer and startup showcase to a tent – a first in this history of Tech Cocktail – where startups got to mingle with attendees, potential investors, and other companies, as well as to showcase their ideas prior to the pitch competition in front of a large audience.
The Memphis Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase resulted in three winners (with two startups winning our pitch competition). For winning, all three startups have qualified to compete in Las Vegas for our national conference, Celebrate 2015.
And now (drum roll, please) the Hottest Startups in Memphis are:
Memphis's Hottest Startup (Reader's Choice): Ncrease
Ncrease is a social media analytics firm that specializes in helping brands understand their customer segments. Its easy to integrate script just drops into a client's site and taps into data available via social credentials.
Memphis's Hottest Startup (Pitch Competition): GemPhones
If you're obsessed with your headphones and your music, the company has the right thing for your fashionable taste. GemPhones are jewelry earphones and the perfect balance between fashion and tech. It is the new look of sound (because you don't do boring).
Memphis's Hottest Startup (Pitch Competition): 6Figure
A company for the woman with the ambition, career goals, confidence, and lack of time to waste. The company has found the best professional clothing that fits your career. 6figure is an online curator that empowers women by dressing them for their specific career.
We look forward to meeting all three of these startups in Las Vegas as they will make their to Celebrate 2015 and compete in Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition! If you're interested in bringing a Tech Cocktail event to your city, check out how you can. And if you want to know what makes Memphis such a great startup economy, read these damn good reasons to startup in Memphis.