They say the 3rd time’s the charm – and it looks like that’s just about right for the Philadelphia StartupWeekend. While some weekends end with a bunch of mock-ups, slide decks and just a handful of working demos, that wasn’t the case for Philly this time around. Demos and deployed sites were the rule, with almost 20 different pitches making it to Sunday afternoon.
Here’s the rundown – inspiration if you’re heading to a similar event in the near future. And if not, there’s a good chance at least one will be something you might end up using.
Seed Invest was only possible due to recent legislation. In fact, members of the team played a part in the legislative process. Think of Seed Invest as Kickstarter for Startups, only instead of the recognition, fame, prototypes and other rewards Kickstarter projects dole out, you get a piece of the company. Although it doesn’t look like they can official launch until next year, as they wait for the SEC, they already had three startups on the site by the end of the weekend. All StartupWeekend teams of course.
They weren’t the only team generating interest from their peers over the weekend. Zazzberry, a kind of social network for freelancers, helped connect some of the weekend teams with the people they needed – all during StartupWeekend. Which is exactly the goal of their site. So when you need to build a team for your next project, even if it’s not at a StartupWeekend, head over to Zazzberry.
Helping people literally ‘pay it forward’, One2Many is a donation exchange. The accept donations of electronic goods – older computers, that no longer ‘new’ iPad, MP3 players and the like – then use hours of community service as the currency for purchasing those items. By the end of the weekend they were already accepting donations.
The Special Places team built their second application focused on special needs, a mobile application for families to rate how well businesses and venues accommodate those with special needs. During the weekend they also made progress on forming Enrichment Labs, the new company behind Special Places and their first application, Autistic Touch.
Two teams – Off Track Online and Itinerate – focused on travel. Off Track set out to help travelers manage all the questions and tasks encountered when planning a trip: passports, currency, and languages are just a sample. Itinerate’s goal is to organize the where and when of a trip, searching for local attractions and scheduling each stop along the way.
The concept of Truxi, connecting people with trucks to those who need to move something, was illustrated by story of one Startup Weekender who couldn’t make it Saturday morning because he had to rent and return a moving truck.
Credit Cardio showed off their seven question quiz that proves you’re ready to get a credit card or loan. If you really are ready, the site also provides a recommended card based on your answers.
Art Avenue helps people identify, find, collect and learn about the art around them. Carcearge built a prototype mobile application to keep car owners connected with their service center – recording that ominous knocking, capturing photos of the gauges, and ensuring the service center knows exactly what’s going on with your vehicle.
The Yaggo team built out a small set of features of a new web browser for the iPad, Tublr created a social site to watch videos together without being togehter, and Stagfund tried to relieve the headache of planning bachelor parties – yes, that problem was realized by one of the participants.
Two ideas formed late in the game Saturday, both products of other ideas that didn’t quote make it. Lean Centipede wished they had a way to validate their other ideas – see if it had ‘feet’ – so they decided to make a service connecting ideas with those who can validate it. And Rockablock’s plan was to make it easier to throw parties for your neighborhood.
Keeping the weekend fun, Roshamgo showed a prototype for location aware rock-paper-sissors. With, of course, planned Foursquare integration. And a group of ‘out of work’ sponsors – it seems the teams had plenty of development talent, and few technical questions – threw together Qrag, where laser tag meets QR Codes.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the last demo, a father and son team at their second StartupWeekend together. They showed off their unique concept of Family Time – which was also the name of their app, a private photo sharing service.
The fourth Philly Startup Weekend will have a lot to live up to.