Startup Weekend Chicago Wrapped Up

So Startup Weekend Chicago just wrapped up just this weekend and everyone is still on a high. There were about 45 ideas among the 85 participants. With glasses of cold Half Acre Beer and slices of pizza from the Art of Pizza, 9 teams were formed, and all had solid concept presentations by the end of the event. And that spelled SUCCESS in big bold letters.

For many people, Startup Weekend wasn’t just fun; it was a way to widen the network of people they know. Daniel Krieglstein, a participant who conceived the startup called The JournalWiki said, “Startup Weekend was a great place to find contacts… graphic designers and business managers. This is the best place to find [software] developers.”

For Ed Suda, the co-founder of eMotion, Startup Weekend was the perfect opportunity to “engage in a purely web experience” and he was amazed as at “how quickly a unique web business can be created.”

Even a Startup Weekend judge couldn’t help gushing over the Chicago vibe during the Startup Weekend. Jonathan Pasky, the co-founer of midVenturesLaunch (the largest startup conference in Midwest, if you must know), was happy to see that “Chicago’s tech scene is really coming together, and the quality of the startups pitched this weekend [was] phenomenal.”

To sum it all up, here is the list of startups that ranked high in the judges’ scorecards:

3rd place: Remnant Retail – a site where landlords can post vacancies for short-term tenants for a span of a day to a year.

2nd place: Data Insider – an application that enables companies to “monetize their data so hedge fund traders… can get on-demand sales metrics from the source.”

1st place: App Triumph – a website that makes applying to college and graduate schools easy.

In the end, everything came together perfectly and Startup Weekend Chicago ended with a bang. So see you the next time you drop by Chicago for another SW event!

via Knapp Center