After a long and intense 54 hours Startup Weekend Fredericksburg has three winners and a crowd favorite.
First place: PlantsMap, allows users to tag and post information about their plants, share them with their social networks and discover and view the collections of others. PlantsMap also allows uers to geolocate their plans (like pinning a location on Google Maps) to plat on a map exactly where the plants are located. They will also sell metal tags with QR codes and other identifying information for your plants that can be displayed next to individual plant. Several regional botanical gardens and other facilities are interested in using this product for their collections. The PlantsMap team will receive automatic entry into the Made in FredVA “Shark Tank”-style business plan competition in October as well as a 2 hour meeting with a local investor, an iPad and movie tickets.
Second place: Huntmaster.us, is a web/mobile application that gives hunters and outdoor recreational users with instant and portable access to hunting and fishing laws across the United States. This app will include information on seasonal hunting regulations by animal for each locality, what equipment is legal to be used, and what licenses are required. They will also begin supporting purchasing mobile hunting licenses. The Huntmaster team received an iPad mini and movie tickets.
Third place & Crowd Favorite: Sprelly, an eatery concept focused on gourmet sandwiches and pastries made with gourmet nut butters and exotic jellies, meats, and cheeses on artisan breads. Sprelly had the most popular customer discovery experiments, partnering with a local bakery Paul’s Bakery to make a limited edition of Sprelly donuts which they sampled at the bakery and at a Blackstone Coffee and they also held a “pop-up brunch” in at gourmet eatery, Foode, in downtown Fredericksburg on Sunday morning that allowed hundreds of people to sample his products.
Other finalists in the Startup Weekend Fredericksburg event included:
- Collectidiv, which creates virtual study groups for computer programmers and allows users to rank and rate online coding schools and tutorials.
- Squash Cart, an online farmers market that will connect local gardeners with people interested in buying their produce.
- Kitty Klimber, which calls itself “a fun, fast-paced game for cat lovers everywhere.”
- KicknCash, a website and app that will allow friends to easily split the costs of an event or a night out.
Each of these teams brought quality ideas and a great effort to the weekend. Half of the teams had sales by Saturday night and by the end of the event total revenue generated by these teams was approximately $500.
Impressive, inspiring, and intense times this weekend. The organizing teams is honored to have been a part of this transformative experience.