Vote Online for the Startup of the Year [Chicago]

August 26, 2015

2:20 am

Tech.Co’s Celebrate 2015 is just around the corner – a celebration of all things startup that will include mentor sessions, inspiring keynotes, workshops, and our Startup of the Year Competition. All year long, we’ve hit cities like Dallas, TX; Memphis, TN; and Baltimore, MD; meeting with each startup ecosystem’s members, entrepreneurs, and investors, while adding to our list of Celebrate 2015 semifinalists. This time around, we zone in on the home of the deep-dish pizza.

In order to discover the world’s best early-stage businesses, we invite our online readers to vote for their favorite by selecting their favorite startups in our regional online polls. In Chicago, IL, where Tech.Co has its origins, it’s great to see what the Chicago tech ecosystem has transformed into in the past few years. Just a couple years ago, companies like Groupon and GrubHub were nascent figures in the local economy – let alone major figures nationwide. In recent years, we’ve seen an influx of top tech talent rapidly transform the Chi-Town into one of America’s top startup economies.

So, tell us: which of these products from these companies would you buy, invest in, or seem most like to succeed? The winning companies in the poll will join us in Las Vegas, NV this October 4-6, where they will be exposed to dozens of investors, potential mentors and customers, and hundreds of startup enthusiasts. Additionally, the semifinalists will be eligible for prizes and awards from Tech Wildcatters, 500Startups, CEA, Crowdfunder, Techstars, American Airlines, and more!

Place Your Vote Online Now for Chicago’s Startup of the Year

Note: Only your last vote will count, and results will not be displayed. Voting ends August 31 at Midnight ET and we will announce all of the winners on Tuesday, September 1!

BeyondTag Inc.: “Wish your price” on every product and instantly know if you got the deal! Never pay full price again and always have a say in what you pay.

eSale Solutions, Inc.: An easy portal for small businesses to sell their products across multiple online channels like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy. #ShareYourLocal

IdiomOcean: Connects language students with native and proficient speakers to talk online about their shared interests.

Meridix: Makes it easy for any sports team to create live, multi-camera, ESPN-like webcasts of their own sporting events.

Paleo Scavenger: Paleo-friendly snacks handcrafted with simple ingredients and healthy fats you can indulge in or share!

Philharmoniq LLC: Runners can ditch their bulky phones and sync the beat to match their pace with the company’s wearable music player.

Screenom Inc: Offers a pre-hire skills assessment platform built for HR and tech teams.

SORC’D: The easiest way to capture and recall snippets of information important to your business – think Pinterest for information you care about.

Spacii: Connecting people with storage needs to others in the area with extra space – think Airbnb for self-storage.

Urban Leash: Provides exceptional dog-walking and cat-sitting services in Chicago. Their mobile app offers ordering, GPS tracking, and instant notifications.

Zest Health : Empowers its members to be smarter via access to content and 24/7 next generation advocacy support.


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Julia Fischer is the Director of Operations at Tech.Co. Communicating with sponsors, partners, and startups is how Julia keeps the Tech.Co and Tech Cocktail mission on track.

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