April 30th, 2013
Puppies, runners, and widgets win big at Portland Startup Weekend
This last weekend, over 100 developers, designers, and marketing/biz dev folks skipped a rare slice of sun to hunker down in the bowels of the PSU Business Accelerator and see what they were capable of creating in a 54-hour marathon.
To the participants, it was a small sacrifice on the road to entrepreneurship merit badges, battle scars, and wisdom gained. From 47 initial ideas pitched on Friday night, 11 made the cut. The teams then spent the rest of the weekend working to build, launch, and present their startup to a panel of judges Sunday night.
The teams that walked away with prizes were:
Overall Winner: LivFly
A match.com for runners. Tell them where, when, how fast, and how far you run and they’ll match you with a run buddy. They’ve already started matching local runners from their website. @LivFlyCo
Winner for both Best Execution and Best Customer Validation: Freezepup
Maker of frozen treats you can share with your canine friends. Expect to see Freezepup bicycle carts around local dog parks this summer. @Freezepup
Winner for Best Business Opportunity: Wijly
Easy internet connectivity for your hardware widgets. Imagine being able to control a light in your house by visiting a website. This is the fun working demo Wijly shared during their presentation. @Wijly
The other awesome teams that presented are:
YouV8: For the health conscious, YouV8 measures your UV exposure in real time so you know how much vitamin D you’re getting. @YouV8
SpotSwapMe: An app that hooks you up with your favorite table every time you go out to a restaurant. @SpotSwapMe
Congrats to all the startups!
Want to get in on the action? Registration is open for upcoming local niche Startup Weekend events: OSU Startup Weekend focused on athletics, and Tech4Change, a partnership with Mercy Corps focused on tackling some of the world’s toughest problems through technology and entrepreneurship.
(Image courtesy of Dawn Marks Photography. Used with permission.)