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Christie Ison's Wins Inaugural LaunchPad Startup Competition


Christie Ison and her won the inaugural LaunchPad startup competition held Saturday as part of Toad Suck Daze in Conway.

Ison took home $15,000 for winning the LaunchPad, which entailed a three-minute pitch and a two-minute Q-and-A with event judges including the iconic hip-hop artist MC Hammer, otherwise known as serial entrepreneur/investor Stanely Burrell.

Ison went up against some established Arkansas startups including IA clients Eyenalyze, Y Combinator alum DataRank, Treatsie, ARK Challenge winner Overwatch and PBX. Other participating startups were Bourbon & Boots, Luke Irvin's talentt (fresh off a Governor's Cup appearance) and Pocket Dealer. 

Impressive job for a startup less than three months old.

Here's coverage of the competition from INOV8 contributor Todd Jones of AR Scene and Michelle Corbet in the Log Cabin Democrat:

  • First LaunchPad prize goes to Ison and

  • LaunchPad jumps off with advice for startups


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