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Three teams that were formed during Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas are participating in Global Startup Battle for up to $20,000 in cash to put toward the business, among other prizes like mentorship, cloud hosting and more. And they need your help to vote them into the top 15 to move to the next level. Voting ends on December 6, 2013; you can vote every 24 hours.
Global Startup Battle is the largest startup competition in the world, made up of teams that participated in Startup Weekend events during the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week. Teams had to submit a pitch video and enter into the Circle battles they qualify for (there are five: The Champion’s Circle powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, The Activate Circle powered by Amazon Web Services, The Innovator’s Circle powered by .CO, The E-Commerce Circle powered by Bigcommerce, Inc., The Women’s Circle powered by Coca Cola).
Global votes determine the top 15 teams in each Circle and finally, a panel of judges decides which team is the overall winner. Winners will be announced after the 12th of December.
The Arkansas teams participating (and the links to their Global Startup Battle videos for easy voting!) are:
Exposure is a platform that connects agencies and professional photographers from around the globe. The team is made up of Dennis Wemyss, a graphic design student at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Josh Pham, an information systems student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Darrick Buralli, a programmer at Dillard’s in Little Rock.
One Fifty is tool for staying on the radar of the people you see as influential (mentors, professors, neighbors, coaches, co-workers, executives etc): after a chance meeting, after a life change (like switching companies, graduating school, or moving away), or anytime you have a hard time remembering to reach out. The team is led by Geoff Wood of Des Moines, Iowa.
The techne app allows businesses to search for talented people – designers, developers, writers, students – in the same neighborhood and chat with them directly about collaborating or contracting. Engaging face-to-face with a person that is more apt to understand the nuance of your business is the key to innovation and success. The techne team is made of up Randi Cruz, a student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Luke Irvin of Irvin Media.
I saw all of these teams come together over Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas and give their pitches that Sunday night. These are strong teams with solid ideas and I am proud they all started in Arkansas. Let’s give them a boost and vote them to the top 15!