The Manchester Young Professionals' Network is pleased to announce the 2015 Startup Challenge Finalists: BevNow, ChartaCloud Technologies, TestNotice, and VidFall.
Following the "Live Pitch" event last week where semi-finalists made their best pitch to the judges and audience, the four finalists were chosen.
“These may have been our best live pitches and most well-thought-out business plans to date,” said Tim Paradis, Startup Challenge chair. “It was really hard to narrow the pool to four finalists. The final judges have their work cut out for them!”
Next the four finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges made up of professionals from the business, startup and nonprofit sectors, after which the ultimate winner of a prize package of cash and in-kind services worth up to $55,000 will be chosen.
The winner will be announced at the final event on June 17 at the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Details can be found at mypn.org.
In addition, this year for the first time attendees will have the chance to vote on their favorite finalist, the “People’s Choice Award winner,” sponsored by People’s United Bank, who will receive $3,500 in cash on the spot.
“It has been so incredible to see so many bright and talented young people come forward to compete in the NH Startup Challenge this year,” said Kate Luczko, Chair of the MYPN Board of Directors. “It’s really exciting for the future of NH’s economic engine. I’m anxious to see the impact they all have in the Granite State.”
The Manchester Young Professional Network's New Hampshire Startup Challenge is made possible by generous donors committed to supporting New Hampshire's young entrepreneurs. They include: Alpha Loft; Business NH Magazine; Dyn; Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson; Eastern Bank; Eversource; Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA); the NH Division of Economic Development; Howe, Riley & Howe; Scribe; and People’s United Bank.
BevNow’s mission is to become the go-to technology to physically connect consumers with vendors engaged in non-location-specific transactions. BevNow’s mobile application gives golfers the ability to notify beverage cart attendants of their desire for services by pushing a single button on their smart phone. The beverage cart tender is then updated, in real-time, of the golfer’s location on the course. The complete transaction is handled in the application, eliminating the need for cash or wallets.
ChartaCloud Technologies provides information technology solutions to home health care, hospice, and therapy service providers to advance their ability to collaborate, connect, control, and comply in an operational environment heavily controlled by HIPAA privacy and security regulations. ChartaCloud provides expert guidance on technology selection and supports the design, adoption and deployment of end-to-end solutions that overcome the people, process, paper, and security challenges health care providers face. We ChartaCloud does the technology provisioning and the IT services management so ‘they can do the caring.’
TestNotice provides text message notifications to people who are required to do court-ordered random drug testing. TestNotice’s mobile application ensures you are alerted to your mandatory random drug testing requirements every day. Never miss a random drug testing appointment because you didn’t know about it. In addition to the text messages, TestNotice keeps an archive of all your testing dates, which can be helpful data for future court hearings or meetings with a parole or probation officer.
VidFall’s mission is to help brands acquire new customers and build an audience at lower cost. They provide shoppers with the best deals on the internet through their “Crowd Deals.” A Crowd Deal is an event where shoppers collectively drive down the price of a product by watching relevant, informative, and engaging video content. When the product sells out, the deal is over and the purchasers win the entire group discount. Simultaneously, VidFall gives brands the opportunity to educate the shopper on their product and then inspire purchasing through video content.
For more information and to sign up for the events, visit their web www.mypn.org.