Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

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After 54 hours of furious coding and hard work, ten teams (5 student led, 5 community member led) presented a string of outstanding demos!  Congrats to all on a fantastic job!

The Winners

Subcategories (winners of mugs from our sponsor Highland Capital Partners):

  • Most Likely to be the First to Make $1 Million: Securehealing
  • Best Demo: FunBun
  • Most Creative Idea: Chefsperience

Top Three:

  1. LRN2TXT: received $500, student members will take a free trip to the Bay Area to pitch their ideas and visit startups (thanks to our sponsor UM’s Center for Entrepreneurship), and a conference call with our sponsor Highland Capital Partners
  2. FoodCircles: received $250 cash prize
  3. FunBun: received $100 cash prize

Be sure to check them out!

Day 3 In Review

I arrived at Startup Weekend University of Michigan as the final minutes of prep time were winding down. All were scrambling to finish their pitches and projects before the 4:30pm stop time. The 10 teams: Cofound, Chefsperience, Alpha List, Food Circles, Fun Bun, Kidneyfriend.com, DrunkorChild.com, Location Based Reminders, and Lrn2txt worked their tails off for 54 hours to complete a working company, hoping to score the grand title of winner of the first Startup Weekend University of Michigan.

The teams were spread out in the soon to be “TechArb,” a space that will be dedicated to start-ups needing an area to get their companies up and running. A contest was run to to try to come up with new names for the space, the crowd unanimously voted to keep the already existing TechArb branding.

After the crowd sourcing, Ben Kazez of Mobiata arrived and gave a presentation on his startup and now very successful company. He spoke on the origins of Mobiata, and both the struggles and achievements that got them acquired by travel search engine Expedia.

There was also a presentation by Michael Gaiss of Venture Capital, HCP who flew in all the way from Boston. He spoke on some amazing entrepreneurs and the path to their successful companies. Michael also spoke about the Highland Summer Entrepreneurship program and other programs and opportunities available through Highland, as well as some very helpful tips to the new start-ups.

Both Ben and Michael will serve as judges on the panel that picks the winning start-up. Stay tuned for the final pitches to see which team claims the ultimate prize….

Thanks to Audrey [@techsocialite] of Girls in Tech Detroit for the guest post!

Day 2 In Review

Startup Weekend U of M – Day 2 Review

Startup Weekend.       54 hours.         One Weekend.

Time flies for ten teams moving from concept to working model.  These working models include phone app mock ups plus corresponding websites and all supporting programs. In addition, each team will produce a business plan and prepare for the final pitches which begin at 5:45 PM on Sunday.

Most of the ‘surviving’ ten final idea teams have not deviated from the original concept at the end of day two. Based on the list of survivors here is what the groups are up to:

1.  Kyle: Product name:  Cofound.org

Premise: New business start ups are challenged in discovering needed complements to

their skill set. Cofound.org will provide a user friendly site and qualified matches.

2.  Amit: Product Name:  Securehealing

Premise: Hospitals are mandated to conduct audits which are difficult due to the

multiple systems operating within one hospital. Securehealing will provide an

interface enabling hospital systems to work together, prevent unauthorized access, and

provide alerts when issues arise.

3.  Toby: Product Name: Chefsperience

Premise: People desire to cook at home for the experience, for health, enjoyment

among other reasons. Customers can place an order for the quantity of diners and

Chefsperience will deliver the correct amount of specific ingredients, pictures,

detailed instructions and online support.

4.  Sachin: Product Name:  Alpha List

Premise: Tool where select business people will provide valuable early feedback to

Startups, assessing the value and viability of their plan.

5.  Jonathan: Product Name:  Food Circles

Premise:  A combination of social and location based application.  For example:

If you are a fan of Thai food you can find other Thai fans with additional similar

interests &/or existing friends to meet as a group at a Thai restaurant where you

will receive a discount or additional benefit from using the application.

6. Bhargav: Product Name:  Fun Bun

Premise: Produce a game, accessed through Facebook, that provides nutritional

information.  Gaming that is educational and fun.

7. Terry: Product Name:  Kidneyfriend.com

Premise: Dialysis patients are often scared and guarded. Kidneyfriend.com is a social

network community where patients can securely share information, support and

resources.

8. Dan: Product Name:  DrunkorChild.com

Premise: People submit stories and then vote on whether the story is one of a child or a

drunk.

9. Brandon: Product Name:  (pending) Location Based Reminders

Premise: Task list created on a phone will alert user when they are in the vicinity

of task location.  An example is your grocery list will alert you when you are near

the grocery store.  There are many additional features and possible uses with this

application.

10. Anuj: Product Name:  Lrn2txt

Premise: Android application that parents can set up on child’s phone. After a set

number of texts, the child must answer grade level homework questions to resume

texting.

One additional group The Color Picker will not be presenting but is using the Startup weekend opportunity to produce an easy to use led light tool that is similar to color picker in Photo Shop.

All of the teams have great ideas.  It will be interesting to see which is the ultimate victor!

Thanks to Debbie [@dbourgois] of Girls in Tech Detroit for the guest post!

The Survivors

1.  Kyle: Finding other complements to your startup, dating site for cofounders

2.  Amit: Web-based/app retrieving audit logs within different hospital systems

3.  Toby: DIY Cooking—home food delivery service with cooking kit and instructions

4.  Sachin: Crowdsourcing alpha users (aka early warning system for people to build something people want)

5.  Jonathan: FoodCircles=dating for best friends.  Aggregates food & life preferences—restaurants get to go after demand

6. Bhargav: Develop socially networked mobile game to help encourage applications to a school (e.g. UM)

7. Terry: Dialysis social networking site for patients + place for businesses to contact the patients

8. Dan: Drunk or child?  Vote on experiences—were you naked on that tricycle as a kid or as a drunk?

9. Brandon: Location-based reminders: e.g. pay this bill when I get home.  Or tag what you want to reminded of and send to others: e.g. Mom buy me good food at Hiller’s Market

10. Anuj: Parents don’t pay for bad grades—make kids answer practice problems before they text

54 Awesome Pitches!

  1. Scott: Improving ways for entrepreneurs to find capital, crowd-source online
  2. David: He’s a programmer! Uses mint.com, but what happens to our banking account passwords? Create open-source alternative
  3. Kyle: Finding other complements to your startup, dating site for cofounders(!)
  4. Amit: Web-based/app retrieving audit logs within different hospital systems
  5. Toby: DIY Cooking—home food delivery service with cooking kit and instructions
  6. Thiru: Develop character-recognition software for the book industry, scan books to receive copy in a pdf/word doc
  7. Jacob: Mobile app encouraging people to get involved in the community—users can become city ambassadors
  8. Joshua: app/engine to search thru lyrics, match song lyrics, pronunciation
  9. Rahul: Tool to access open parking spots (mobile marketplace), e.g. can post open spots and travelers can search for them
  10. Bilal: visual multi-tool that is like a color sampler, can also wirelessly store colors onto computer
  11. Seth: solving pains of comment lists—help engage in meaningful conversation
  12. Chad: Facebook but way awesomer! Social networking platform to manage multiple profiles, and pay to post
  13. Sachin: Crowdsourcing alpha users (aka early warning system for people to build something people want)
  14. Sean: Personal transportation system for AA to find possible routes that are suitable
  15. Demien: Online shopping experience to mix&match clothes esp. for females ages 18-35
  16. Jonathan: FoodCircles=dating for best friends.  Aggregates food & life preferences—restaurants get to go after demand
  17. Josh: Creating avatar for online clothing shopping, works with databases of clothing co.  Clothe it online to see if it fits!
  18. Shaun: App to integrate social networking tools matching names to profiles to help remember names
  19. Dan: Solving wasted creativity + brainpower, creating database of ideas that have already happened (or not), and pulling key people
  20. Scott: Metacritic for products showing what’s good and what’s not, comparing various reviews
  21. Bhargav: Develop socially networked mobile game to help encourage applications to a school (e.g. UM)
  22. Morgan: Connects middle-aged women with hot undergrads to workout; better looking trainer for cheaper! Cougar Training
  23. Kyle: Web app to have homeless people earn money, gain reputation by helping solve problems + work with co.
  24. Kevin: Creating a richer news experience online via a format that’s based on what you’re interested in
  25. George: Improving ticket donations to help out disadvantaged children to go see something they otherwise wouldn’t be able to
  26. Billie: creating virtual currency you can use at your local business that help earn points (city-wide customer loyalty program)
  27. Hannah: Helping people match up the right pharmacy to the right prescription to the right person
  28. Vinayek: Know Thy Neighbor—provides specific info you want to share with people around you
  29. Dhiren: Restaurant recommendation engine linked with your friends’ preferences to find the real good stuff
  30. Sharad: App that combines all of your store cards + coupons so you can throw away those lengthy receipts (and buy diapers)
  31. Bart: Music stand that helps you press a pedal to turn the page when necessary (esp. for solo musicians)
  32. Terry: Dialysis social networking site for patients + place for businesses to contact the patients
  33. Alan: Evolved way of discussing—limit on what you can post to help stay relevant
  34. Seif: Helping track the influence and impact of your actions online
  35. Dan: Drunk or child?  Vote on experiences—were you naked on that tricycle as a kid or as a drunk?
  36. Ryan: QR codes—be able to redirect QR codes after it’s been printed
  37. Mike: Not Facebook—but connect incoming int’l students + American foreign language learners to encourage cultural & language exchange
  38. John: Sportly brings rec sports functionality in Facebook—quickly discover sports to play via your networks
  39. Lance: Improving email clients to help you sort through all of your mail + easily switch thru accounts
  40. Amanda: Thinking of You app—put up when you’re thinking about someone, find out data to see when/who is thinking about you
  41. Srini: Lasagana—identify what food is cooking around you and you sync up to grab extra food vs. takeout
  42. Brandon: Location-based reminders: e.g. pay this bill when I get home.  Or tag what you want to reminded of and send to others: e.g. Mom buy me good food at Hiller’s Market
  43. Adam: Tap your phone against someone else’s to schedule a meeting, making meeting up easier for consumers
  44. Paul: App that compares prices of foods for you, so you know where to get a great deal on your groceries
  45. Rachita: Better facilitating conversation within an enclosed environment, e.g. in an airplane
  46. Dave: Optimizing web-enabled TV devices
  47. Gint: Locally based-online contest that helps pull together local businesses and local users
  48. Farruk: Publishing wait times so that consumers can decide on how to use time, what to do next
  49. Dan: Helping filmmakers reach potential audiences to better incentivize groups to drive more watchers
  50. Anuj: Parents don’t pay for bad grades—make kids answer practice problems before they text
  51. Dennis: Helping fix up the healthcare system so that patients can take drugs they know that will help, not hurt
  52. Mohammed: Helping deliver creative products thru a better design process that has a stronger system that collects all notes to create best product possible
  53. Mark: Creating widget/method to help strengthen Mark’s current service
  54. Derrick: App that helps you list all the books you want, and calculate full cost of shipping + costs

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