This evening over a hundred people got together for a live crowdfunding event. A very unique event put together by Nick Mohnacky, Chris Callahan and Ideabar, Palm Beach Post’s full service advertising/consulting agency.
Over 100 people attended the event. Each of the attendees had $100 to donate to one of the five startups that were featured.
Each of the startups had a table set up and would pitch to the 100 people who attended. At the end of the pitches the attendees would choose which startups recieved their money.
Ideabar underwrote the entire event, and 100% of the money went to the start-ups.
Here are the Startups that were featured
ThoughtTree – Jude Abeler
The best ideas come when you least expect it. Available in the Apple Store, Thoughtree is a simple and fun way to capture ideas as they naturally come, unpredictably. Whether used for school, Professional writing, business ideas or personal growth, literally everyone can find a use for Thoughtree.
My Own Home Project – Erin Udell
This new local non-profit helps foster children when they age out of foster care. in the past, foster youths left with nothing but a trash bag of clothing and a few personal items. My Own Home Project holds Distribution Parties where foster youths can pick out new household goods to help them set up their first independent home.
Live Advantage Bait – Nicole Kirchhoff
Live Advantage Bait farm raises aquacultured marine baitfish for the serious sport fisherman, available at local Florida bait-and-tackle she opens in spring 2014. Kirchhoff holds a Ph.D. in aquatic animal health. She has an agreement with Florida Oceanographic Society for land in Stuart where she is building her hatchery.
GoSwype – Gregory Borchardt
You love your tech devices, but you hate all the nasty, slimy build-up you get on your touchscreen. Introducing GoSwype Cleaning Cloths. Its microfiber fabric removes dirt, oil, grime, fingerprints and up to 98% of germs and bacteria. From fun patterns to school logos, there’s a different GoSwype for every type of person.
Fun Finder – Austin Pantaleo
Fun Finder is the newest of our featured startups, launched just days ago at Starup Weekend West Palm Beach. The new business plans to build a free mobile app that will aggregate information about events and activities so that users can easily discover the FUN around their location and interests.
Crowdfunding and Cocktails was held as part as West Palm Beach’s Entrepreneur Week which attracted entrepreneurs, creative people and business people from both West Palm Beach as well as neighboring cities.
Live Advantage Bait won the competition! Congratulations to Nicole Kirchhoff, we wish her and the Live Advantage Bait team the best of luck in this venture.
— Judy Green (@jsgreen13) November 21, 2013