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After a whole weekend of hard work, the five Startup Weekend Athens pitched their new ventures to a team of judges.

The first-place winner was the team for opa, cognitive toys for modern children, an art/design set of colorful wooden, magnetic shapes.

Team opa: Alex Kneier, Andrew Roffe, Ethan Schultz, Rachel Lau, and Brett Woodard
Team opa: Alex Kneier, Andrew Roffe, Ethan Schultz, Rachel Lau, and Brett Woodard
A photograph of a child playing with opa shown while Ethan was pitching.
A photograph of a child playing with opa shown while Ethan was pitching.

 

Second place went to Enchanted Home of Lost Books, a used book store offering children’s books to families in the Athens area.

The Enchanted Home of Lost Books team: Lisa Heinz, James Graham, Ariel Taylor, and Amber Duff.
The Enchanted Home of Lost Books team: Lisa Heinz, James Graham, Ariel Taylor, and Amber Duff.

 

The third-place winner was the team pitching EMG Max.

The EMG Max team: Zach Phillips-Gary, Andrew Greene, Karsten Cao
The EMG Max team: Zach Phillips-Gary, Andrew Greene, Karsten Cao

 

Among their comments, the judges said they thought that all five of the ideas pitched had the potential to become successful businesses.

#SWAthensOH

 

Barbara Donohue