The Charming Southern Startup of the Year Competitors

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The South is known for a lot of things. Whether you love sweet tea, delicious barbecue, or friendly smiles, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the warmer part of the country. What you might not know is that the South has one of the most prolific ecosystems of budding startups, and we have some competing in the 2016 Startup of the Year competition at Innovate! and Celebrate next week!

Between online services providing simple ways to hire and coordinate with independent caregivers and apps that gamify household chores, there are more than enough startups to warm arm the hearts of attendees. Companies from  Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida are making the trip and here’s your chance to get to know each charming southern startup looking to make an impact on the competition.

Check them out below and be sure to click on their websites to learn even more!

Cariloop from Dallas, TX

Cariloop provides comprehensive services and tools that help families plan for and manage the care of aging loved ones. The company offers qualified healthcare coaches through a variety of channels and online case management tools for easy accessibility to a complete solution.

Feather from Fayetteville, AR

Feather is an online platform that helps families find, hire, and coordinate with independent caregivers in their area. Caregivers are matched with families based on their needs and can manage the care on-the-go.

Fetch from Birmingham, AL

Fetch is a talent-driven hiring platform. The company matches talent with employers in a transparent and unbiased way that is affordable for all companies.

HomeyApp from Memphis, TN

HomeyApp is gamifying household chores for families – when kids gather enough points by doing rewards, they can claim prizes or allowance.

InsiderBookings from Miami, FL

InsiderBookings is a next-generation travel booking service that gets consumers the best possible prices for their travel reservations, including flights, hotels, and cruises even after they’ve made their initial reservations.  The company asks users to forward their travel confirmation emails to them and help you get a better deal within 24 hours.

Laundri from Dallas, TX

Laundri is an on-demand premium laundry and dry cleaning service with a 24-hour turnaround at affordable prices.

ProxBox from Memphis, TN

ProxBox gives your “for sale property” a virtual voice through the use of beacons and smartphone app.

ShearShare from McKinney, TX

ShearShare connects salon and barbershop owners to individual beauty operators to fill unused salon suites and stations on a temporary basis. Salon and barbershop owners make money on their excess inventory. Licensed cosmetologists and barbers lease suites and booths by the day.

Xclaim Mobile from Austin, TX

An enterprise-grade mobile offer platform. The company’s proprietary software detects device, location, and wallet type, providing a streamlined experience regardless of type of ad or device used.

Register Now to Attend Innovate! and Celebrate 2016

Come join us at the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Jose, CA. The event will take place September 20 – September 22, and is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Photo: Flickr / Thomas Hawk

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