The startup spirit was alive and well at Redfin’s downtown Seattle headquarters as Seattle Startup Weekend ended on Sunday with three triumphant teams:
1st Place: Red Ride - Aggregates ride-sharing programs into one app.
2nd Place: Wandering Chef - A tool for aspiring chefs to find space to host a pop-up restaurant and crowd-fund their ideas.
3rd Place: Telecorder - Pre-recorded voicemails that blend voicemail and SMS.
More than 100 participants spent 54 hours getting inspired, caffeinated and activated to present their business pitches. Once they formed teams and solidified their ideas, participants ventured into Pike Place Market to do consumer research. As one participant said, “…it’s hard to sell pieces of paper to random people on the street!” However challenging, many groups found that the insight they gained critically influenced their business strategy.
The final presentations ranged from an app to help people source and rate sustainable seafood restaurants to a website that aggregates bass fishing photos and videos. Illustrating the rapidly changing pace of technology, one group pitched an app that made voicemails obsolete by turning them into summarized texts while another created a solution to schedule and monetize them. One group conducted a demo from Google glass. Another developed an idea they ultimately realized wasn’t marketable by the end of the weekend.
Beyond just pitching to a crowded room of 100+ people, the groups faced critique and probing questions from judges Sasha Aickin, CTO at Redfin, Bill Bryant, venture partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Matt McIllwain, managing director at Madrona Venture Group, and Erik Benson, managing director at Voyager Capitol.
The last pitch was a crowd favorite. Four-year-old Logan pitched his idea, Lego Revival, as a way to re-purpose and re-sell mismatched Lego sets. He was awarded with an honorable mention for the weekend.
Redfin is excited to support the efforts of these aspiring entrepreneurs, and wish them the best of luck with their new ventures!