October 9, 2013
The entrepreneurial hub Alley, in New York City, hosted Startup Jackpot’s most recent grassroots startup competition on September 28th. The stage was set for 17 different startups to pitch their ideas and compete for the jackpot of $10,000 cash with an additional $35,000 in prizes.
Before the action began, Startup Jackpot hosted a series of talks from seasoned entrepreneurs on topics ranging from how to avoid spending millions on a failed experiment, fundraising hacks, breaking up with cofounders, and starting a company without going broke. They also brought in the TED product team to specifically discuss how and when to launch products.
After the speakers, the lights were dimmed, the startup founders prepared themselves, and one after the other they took the stage for their four-minute, TED-talk-style presentation. They each made their case for how the jackpot money could help them reach their next great milestone on the pathway to entrepreneurial success. In the end, the winner was Shindig: a mobile social network for drinkers made up of thousands of drink explorers who keep track of what they drink, share recipes, and recommend brands.
The 5 finalists for the event were:
- BringMeThat: An online food delivery platform for small and medium-sized cities that utilizes proprietary algorithms to acquire restaurants that Grubhub and Seamless cannot.
- MyCoop: With FeatureKicker, you validate un-built features before you release them and gather feedback on existing features to improve your product.
- Omniscience: The Github for science research, OmniScience is an open science platform that will combine smaller datasets to build big data.
- Startup Threads: They help companies with their merchandise marketing solutions via shipping t-shirts and other swag.
- Vizalytics: They bring useful data to small and local businesses via a mobile platform that gives meaningful insight for a dollar a day.
The other 11 startups to present were:
- A.MOAY: They connect hotels to the fashion industry by creating custom printed products that extend beyond the hotel’s perimeter.
- ANVL Boards: A new construction technique for longboards that enables them to be low to the ground for easy pushing with the added agility of a kicktail.
- Barkloudly: A service for connecting dog-loving individuals looking for an opportunity to volunteer, adopt, or foster with local shelters across the US.
- Crowdtrust: A third-party due-diligence service for crowdfunding platforms that provides background checks on crowdfunding issuers in the securities, donation, and rewards space to meet the SEC’s regulations.
- Fiestah: They give event organizers a way to compare quotes from trusted vendors, pay securely, and manage all their event details from one place.
- FeatureKicker: A platform that empowers product teams to test customer demand for un-built features before spending resources to develop them.
- Freak’n Genius: They build creative tools and experiences for kids of all ages while removing friction around creativity and self-expression, disguising it as fun.
- GeoStockPhoto: A stock photo site that makes it easy for buyers to find high-quality photos based on geographic location.
- Gradhub: A mobile platform automating the product-consumer matching within networks of verified users grouped by school or company.
- Linesnap: This platform lets you find people nearby called Snappers who are willing to wait for you in line.
- Quotiful: A way to discover, create, and share beautiful picture quotes from your iPhone.
Tech Cocktail is a media partner of Startup Jackpot.
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