Bloomington, Indiana (January 13, 2017) – Bloomington’s B-Start program announced its Demo Day winners yesterday after nine participating teams submitted business plans and delivered a 5-minute presentation on their startup projects. The event was hosted at Indiana University’s Cyberinfrastructure Building.
The winning teams announced were:
- 1st Place: Tydee, Zachary Burr – Subscription and on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service.
- 2nd Place: Plant Software, Christopher Podlaski – Automated, web-based intelligent scheduling platform.
- 3rd Place: Intask, Wes Wagner – Modern student-management platform to find, manage and use student freelancers to accomplish intern-like tasks.
First, second and third place winners received $2,500, $1,500 and $500 respectively while all graduating B-Start participants received a $500 stipend to continue to develop their businesses.
“Starting a business is no easy task, and what we’ve shown these students is that Bloomington has the people and resources to support them through that process,” said Dana Palazzo, vice president of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). B-Start is a program of the BEDC. “B-Starters also bring an energy to our local startup ecosystem that revitalizes and challenges even our most seasoned entrepreneurs to keep thinking outside of the box.”
Mat Orrego, CEO and co-founder of Cornerstone Information Systems, delivered the keynote address for the event. A panel of judges included Anthony Armstrong, IU Research & Technology Corporation; Jim Silberstein, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington; and Rob Dorocke, Cook Medical. Graduation stipends and pitch prizes were made possible through financial support from Cook Group, The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, and Indiana University Innovate Indiana.
Demo Day serves as the conclusion of the B-Start pre-accelerator program for IU and Ivy Tech student startups. Graduating startups will continue to participate in group workshops and networking opportunities to continue development of their business and integration into the Bloomington entrepreneurial ecosystem. The next B-Start session will begin Fall 2017. For more information on B-Start, visit www.b-start.org.
B-Start is a pre-accelerator program of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) designed for Indiana University and Ivy Tech student technology startups. B-Start participants are at the earliest stage of their business development and are coached through a rigorous comprehensive process of cohort activities and individualized mentorship over the course of the program to build a foundation for accelerating the growth of their startups. For more information, visit www.b-start.org.
About the BEDC
The BEDC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. The BEDC is led by a partnership of private industry leaders, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington. For more information, visit www.bloomingtonedc.com.
Dana Palazzo, Vice President, BEDC
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