Soonzy (SW Columbus) Accepted to10xelerator

Soonzy.com (@ComingSoonzy) was founded at Startup Weekend Columbus, OH, and is now based there. In early January 2012, they were accepted into the 10xelerator venture accelerator program in Columbus, OH, backed by The Ohio State University and The State of Ohio.

Their core purpose is to aggregate the latest news and rumors about products with upcoming release dates. All other details of their company will remain in stealth mode until their public launch, which is estimated to be in early to late April 2012. Sign up on their landing page at Soonzy.com to receive periodic updates (it’s a LaunchRock – another SW company!).

At Startup Weekend Columbus in October 2011, Andy Sparks (hustler), co-founder & CEO of Soonzy, pitched an idea then dubbed “DemandZilla,” which enabled users to “demand” certain businesses like restaurant chains come to their city.

Andy soon realized that businesses refusing to come to new cities shot a big hole in the business model and then recruited co-founders Carrie Phillips (design) and Zach Boerger (developer) to join the team two weeks later at a “post-startup weekend hackathon.” Since then, they altered their business model to one that they believe to be viable for the long-term.

Prior to Soonzy, Andy attempted to start a microbrewery in college at 19, worked at DOmedia, spoke at TEDxYouth Columbus, raised money for Ohio State’s startup club, The Business Builders Club, and is still active in his role as Product & Sales Manager at eproximiti, a Columbus-based mobile app development company specializing in healthcare. He is also a Startup Weekend Organizer and Facilitator.

Zach is graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Computer Science in June 2012, has worked for Zaarly, Microsoft, and Pie Digital in addition to starting his own startup in college, Hottest on Campus.

Carrie is graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Industrial Design in June 2012, and has worked with The Social Innovation Initiative, a collaboration between faculty and students to bring products to market, for the last two years as a product designer.