Startup Weekend brings eleven ideas to life
According to Techstars, Startup Weekend powered by Google for Entrepreneurs has created over 23,000 teams in over 1,300 cities across the world. Eleven new teams were added to that list at Calgary’s second Startup Weekend of 2018. From an app that helps fantasy sports players make better decisions to a prototype that allows for the self-sustaining production of biochar, these teams made the most of over fifty hours of startup life.
Participants heard from Dan Clay Ellis, a Calgarian living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dan shared the story of how he and his Co-founder launched their startup, Rallyteam, after participating in Startup Weekend together in Houston. Dan told participants that startup “hustle” means trying as many things as possible in a given time frame and seeing what sticks, which is the essence of Startup Weekend.
On Friday night, thirty ideas were pitched, and eleven teams committed to spending the next fifty hours building, validating and launching their startups. These teams were supported by coaches and mentors in the startup community who are successful founders and community leaders. View the full list of coaches here.
On Sunday evening, each team had the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges including:
- Elena Dumitrascu, Co-founder at TerraHub
- Court Ellingson, Vice President of Research and Strategy at Calgary Economic Development
- Bobbie Racette, Founder and CEO at Canadian Virtual Gurus
- James Karg, Creative Director
Startup Weekend June Winners
1st Place: Save Face
SaveFace believes in creating safe environments for our community by utilizing facial recognition technology to proactively identify threats.
Runner Up: Good On You
Good On You is a premium basics apparel brand that provides a buy-one-give-one online shopping experience.
Magic Food Bus helps you try unique, local food, while helping restaurant owners test new dishes, risk-free.
Digital Doppelganger is an augmented reality based company that utilizes body measurements to create a 3D avatar that ensures accuracy for online purchases.
So, what happens next? Startup Weekend helps local entrepreneurs build a network of like-minded people, connect with community leaders and get a taste of startup life. All participants are provided with resources and information to help them move forward with their idea.
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