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Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.

Meet the 13 startups launching at Startup Weekend Tampa on Sunday, July 27th, 2014:
To watch the pitches, buy your ticket here: https://swtampabay0714.eventbrite.com

The Best Idea Ever This Week

A weekly, online start-up competition. Determining validation, facilitating community, and shuffling out street-cred, yo! If you have a start-up idea, join us and find out if it is The Best Idea EVER!

The RFP Coach

Focused on making the RFP process easier. Starting with the small business certification. No matter where you are in your RFP process, they have a tool for you.

Checkmate Ads

Checkmate Ads is a premium web advertising platform that allows you to tactically position your brand on the internet. The Checkmate Chess Board (dashboard) allows you to bid on specific web content in real time to lockout your competitors. Defend your band like no other advertiser allows you to, react immediately to online trends and pressure your competitors to fight for clients. Your best client is their best prospect, defend your clients and hold your opponents in check!

Rainmaker App

A mobile application that connects people who care with people in need of jobs. We are extending the “We’re Hiring” sign.

Pitch A Tent

Hotels.com style app for campground reservations.

Me Mechanic

bring available auto parts to one locations for easy purchase by various consumers


A website for both aspiring interns and businesses that quantifies interns’ qualifications and delivers quality interns to businesses.

Pitcher Perfect

Help business owners improve their pitch in order to grow their businesses

I Crush Your Head

Quickly crush your friend’s heads and capture the moment with short videos. This hilarious, silly, addictive app is suitable for all ages.


The idea is, you create a profile. On your phone, you can identify if the person is on the application and can offer them a drink.


UrYogi brings together yoga instructors and students for an empowering yoga experience. Instructors can stream live video, upload classes and sell their products and services. Students can seek instructors and class schedules as well as get tips!

Starup Weekend Judging Criteria

Teams are judged by the following 4 criteria (weighted equally):

Business Model

    Can this idea make money?
    Is there positive customer growth or revenue?
    Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy?
    Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic?
    Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution?
    Would you invest in this company at this point?

Customer Validation

    Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)?
    Did the team get out and talk to customers?
    What is the value proposition to customers?
    What channels of communication are used?
    Product/Market fit?

Technical – Execution

    Is there a functional product (e.g.in the case of an app, did they build one)?
    Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included?
    Which services did they integrate with?
    How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data?

Design – Execution

    Does it have a professional look and feel?
    Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable?
    What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?
Ashley Mooney