A few weeks back, Portland Startup Weekend‘s eighth event gathered 113 participants who presented 50 pitches. From that, 13 teams formed, with the winning team advancing to the Global Startup Battle, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. (And you can still vote for them.)
But truth be told. Everyone who participates comes away from the weekend with a ton of new experiences. And maybe, just maybe, a new company. So what are the startups that emerged from Portland Startup Weekend?
1st Place: BugShark, @bugshark: Provides businesses with a feedback platform to connect with a network of professionals, also known as Sharks, who improve your website testing process by having them find bugs and give you visual and clear feedback on your site.
2nd Place: Foot in the Door, @fitdpdx: Connects interns with awesome internships and jobs in a seamless way.
3rd Place: Local Plate, @localplate: Simplifies the process of getting produce from farmers to restaurants with an online exchange.
Launchside Rapid Revenue price winner: Due.Love, @due_love: A resource for matching families with Doulas for better birthing outcomes. Doulas also get better business building tools. Launchside will be building out their online service as part of this $5,000 prize package.
Audience Favorite: MySelf Trainer, @myselftrainer: An XBox Kinect application to help analyze and improve your sports techniques (golf swing, baseball batting, etc.)
The rest of the field, in order of presentations, were:
Spkrly, @spkrly: Reads your tweets and RSS feeds like a radio announcer, making it easy to multitask and stay current.
2nd Step. An online exchange for non-traditional educational materials.
Bit Trails, @BitTrails: A platform that correlates your social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, etc.) with personal information like stress levels, happiness, etc. to help you make positive changes to your life in a quantifiable way.
Find Ohana, @FindOhana: Makes it easy for renters to process the paperwork needed for renting apartments with a single application.
NextHop, @nexthopco: Leads you to products inside of stores with a unique wifi geolocation app combined with crowdsourcing.
Chalkflow, @chalkflow: GitHub for creatives. It seamlessly manages versions and file naming inside of tools developers are already familiar with.
MyPublicist, @mypublicist: A social media engagement platform for small businesses.
Tripfind.me, @tripfindme: is a beautifully designed way to discover and book travel destinations based on simple, relevant parameters like total price and activities.
Portland Startup Weekend organizers would like to extend their thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers, participants and friends for their support and commitment. Continue to follow @pdxsw and #pdxsw for information about upcoming Portland NEXT program and other developments. Or visit Portland Startup Weekend.
Thanks to Lynette Podkranic @lynettepod for the writeup.