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Weekly Spotlight

Techstars Startup Weekend Orlando Wrap

It's recovery week and Thanksgiving week as we wrap up Techstars Startup Weekend Orlando 2019 - the biggest and best SWORL event ever here!

It was certainly the most sustained entrepreneurial energy Orlando has seen in one place.

By the numbers:
105 tickets sold
45 ideas pitched
10 teams formed
54 hours of solid teamwork

60 pizzas (Hungry Howies), 35 gallons of water, 12 platters of sushi (Sus Hi Eatstation), 6 platters of Italian food (Pizzeria Del-Dio), 6 platters of middle eastern/Mexican food (JJ's Fusion Grille) 
17 coaches coached
3 judges judged

And after all was said and done, the winners were:

1st place
Jacqueline Dufault @ Selffy (Social media-style app to capture memories and feelings but 100% private)

2nd Place
Nelson Cienfuegos @ Xperience Influencer (Platform to connect influencers with brands that pay for performance)

3rd Place
Nina Mirhabibi @ Moodie (A virtual friend in your pocket)

Crowd Favorite
Jeffrey Craig (novelCX - Gig economy for Call centers)

To see these team progress from ideas on Friday night to the gelling of teams with business models and customer validation on Saturday to bringing it all together to convey it to the judges and audience in pitches on Sunday evening was amazing.  Congrats to all of the attendees who participated, learned, networked, and came away with the spirit of what entrepreneurship is all about.

Thanks to all that made SWORL 2019 happen:

Organizing Team: Rajiv Menon (Informulate), Dennis R. Pape (SeedFundersOrlando), and Vanessa Zabala (Orlando Economic Partnership).

Food organizer: Jason Wade (Doorbell Ninja) and Patti Rader (Avancent)

Staff: Ashley Elliott (Ciber), Miché Moraes, Christine Jolliff, Alice Chen, and Shameka Allen-Lane

Facilitator: Josh Miller (JDM and Techstars)

Venue sponsor: CREDO Conduit (Ben Hoyer and Kyle Steele)

Coffee sponsor: Downtown CREDO

Signature Sponsor: Informulate

Platinum Sponsors: Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist and CREDO Conduit & Sungate Studios

Gold Sponsors: BlueWave Resource Partners, SeedFundersOrlando, and Fattmerchant

Silver Sponsors: Doorbell Ninja, Accenture, Orlando Economic Partnership, Avancent, Clickable Impact, and ViewStub

Speakers: Jacques Fu (Fattmerchant) and Matthew Broffman (City of Orlando)

Coaches: Curtis Michelson (Minds Alert), Puja Madan (The Mindfulness Map), Patrick Odoyo (Rollins), Beth Kennedy (Marriott), Marco Santana (Orlando Sentinel), Cameron Marsh (BottomLine Clarity), Terrence Donnelly (Teeps and AdventHealth), Julianna Ormond (The Give Company), RC Williams (The Give Company), Bill Kunneke (The Experience Engine), Lily Wong Accenture), Gene McCulley (StackFrame), Diane Court (Neoware Studios), Adam Scheinberg (Massey Services), Cassandra Wilcox (Code Hangar), Carol Ann Dykes Logue (UCF), Cameron Ford (UCF), and Renuka Sastri (accesso)

Judges: Jonathan Taylor (Entrenext Ventures), Rob Panepinto (UCF and Florentine Strategies), and Jason Rottenberg (Arsenal Growth).

Keep up to date on #SWORL 20 (November 20 to 22, 2020) here

Happy Thanksgiving!

Credit: Ben Franklin Technology Partners

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