History repeated itself this weekend in Summit County. The winning team of Startup Weekend – Adrenaline Escapes – came from behind to win the business event. The same scenario happened last year for Gr8tful Giveback, the winning team of the first Startup Weekend.
Shawna Henderson, the visionary behind Adrenaline Escapes, pitched her idea on Friday. She wasn’t voted into the top six ideas in the first round. But, like a true entrepreneur, she heard “no,” persisted and morphed her idea with the help of her fiery teammate and now CFO Kimberly Swank. The two of them spent all weekend working alongside four other teams to emerge as the winner of the final pitch on Sunday night.
Startup Weekend is an event designed to help entrepreneurs, visionaries and dreamers bring their ideas to life and launch a business in a weekend. Summit County Startup Weekend was hosted from April 10 to 12 at two new coworking spaces in Frisco – ELEVATE coSPACE and evo3 Workspace – and attracted about 50 people. The weekend helped to launch five new business ideas.
All five of the teams are planning to continue their work, said Larry Sullivan, lead organizer. According to Sullivan, all five of the teams had viable ideas and businesses. Needless to say, it was a difficult decision for the judges.
The winners – selected for customer validation, business model and execution/design – of Summit County Startup Weekend were:
1st place: Adrenaline Escapes with Shawna Henderson and Kimberly Swank
An app to connect adventure travel visitors to local guides to help them push their limits, find the local stashes and elevate their trip
2nd place: Malaria Detection Systems led by Scott Byker
A software system that connects with a digital microscope to detect malaria in blood samples much faster and much more accurately to help prevent malaria deaths
3rd place: Savvy led by Merrily Talbott
A counseling program to help college-age students (and other young adults) get real-time advice and support from trained counselors through text messages and phone calls
The other teams who will continue pursuing their businesses are:
Eazy Shade led by Bobby Gibbs
A retractable sun shade that easily mounts to your windshield and can be printed/branded with company or sports team logos
Skillit led by Michael Lazarus
An app geared toward young men who don’t know how to cook. The app offers step-by-step professionally produced videos of specific recipes, a recipe finder and how to videos
Congrats to all of the teams. For more information about Startup Weekend, follow us on social: https://www.facebook.com/SummitCountyStartupWeekend or @summitcountysw.