April 30, 2016
Before they launch their companies, startup founders have to ask a lot of questions. “Is there market demand for this product?” “Can we start production at a reasonable cost?” “Does anyone actually want what we’re selling?” But when all is said and done, running a business comes down to a single question: will this fly?
The key to answering that questions lies at the Will This Fly? (WTF?) pitch competition in Huntsville, Alabama. 16 regional companies from Mobile, AL; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; Huntsville, AL; and Birmingham, AL hope to have what it takes to impress the judges. The field of startups is notably impressive and Rocket Hatch founder Antonio Montoya is excited about what lies ahead.
“We are very pleased with the quality of the submittals received this year,” Montoya said in a statement. “It is great to see more mature and sophisticated business models that reflect the potential of our ecosystem. We can’t wait to see them on stage.”
Competitors will present their startups for a panel of esteemed judges from PROJECTXYZ, Boostphase, Alabama Launchpad, Innovation Depot’s Velocity Accelerator, GIGTANK and the Tonic Regional Fund. Seven of the 16 semifinalists will move on to the finals to present to a full audience of award judges and competition attendees. The competition kicks off on May 7th at Stone Center on Campus No. 805.
Check out the list of startups below and vote for your favorite startup in the Will This Fly? pitch competition. Which of these semifinalists do you think deserves to move on in the competition?
Vote Online for the Best Startup at Will This Fly? Pitch Competition!
Fetch: Fetch is talent driven hiring platform that matches talent with employers in a transparent & affordable way.
GoGetter: GoGetter is a social networking web app that hosts classified ad listings exclusively on the web portals of college student populations.
Oodle Networks: Oodlenet technology, “Breaking the Internet Speed Limit™.” We will bring gigabit Internet speeds to everyone.
Rideversity: Rideversity is a ride matching app that connects students and faculty members with safe, reliable, and affordable transportation.
Inspace Resources: We will mine water from lunar soil and recover water from spacecraft waste for the efficient use of space resources.
Rock Paper Sold: Rock Paper Scissors tournaments, over the internet, for prizes.
Honor Call: Honor Call is a veteran-owned business that creates the opportunity for members of the community to support other veteran-owned businesses by listing the companies in our online directory and encouraging our members to rate them.
Approxie Health: ApproXie is a mobile first on-demand software solution that provides access to healthcare through digital connectivity for BOTH patients and providers.
NitroPCR: Enables smaller EMS providers to manage required reports in less time with better info, comply with growing regulations, and get paid faster.
Spruce Planner: Spruce Planner is a planning and goal setting app designed especially for on-the-go women. It’s a powerful and collaborative app where you can manage your calendar, to dos, notes, and goals all in one place.
MedExcess, LLC: MedExcess is an online inventory management platform for the healthcare industry.
Real Estate Row: The one stop real estate shop making home buying faster, better, & easier.
SpiinPiin: Spiinpiin seeks to give an unfiltered and unbiased view of live news from around the world, by geo-locate media and text on a live feed through public and personal channels
American Wind, Inc.: OEM and licensee for Micro Cube/WindWall technology developing 1Kw power from small form factor wind turbine.
NextGigg: Website connecting businesses to ridesharing drivers for in car advertising.
Arriv.io: Arrive at your destination on your terms using the Arriv.io app. With Arriv.io, you can easily find, park, and pay using your mobile device.
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