Do Something was crowned the winner from this weekend’s inaugural Startup Weekend Buffalo held at Medaille College, beating out 16 teams for the top prize. GridTime and Secure Share placed second and third, respectively. Each of the top three teams was awarded a cash prize ($3,000, $1,500 and $1,000) and free legal advice from Lisa Primerano of Primerano Law. The winning team, Do Something, is also eligible to compete in the Global Startup Battle 2012, where the company will have a chance to win a prize package that includes $35,000 worth in design, public relations, legal and Google cloud services, as well as trips to Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, sponsored by Global Entrepreneurship Week and Startup Weekend, respectively.
Do Something is a video charades app that allows users to engage in an interactive twist on this classic game with your friends across the world; GridTime is a grid computing system using mobile phones that pays phone owners for their processing time; and Secure Share is a free and easy-to-use website that allows users to privately share files with others, utilizing novel client-side encryption.
“This award signals the start of something big,” said Steve Poland, founder and team leader of Do Something. “Winning this competition is reinforcement from these professional, experienced investors and judges that our team is onto something that people will use and enjoy.”
“This was a great event for Buffalo, “said Jordan Levy, Startup Weekend Buffalo judge, General Partner at SoftBank Capital NY, and Managing Partner of Seed Capital Partners. “It’s the first of what I hope will be many. We have a community of entrepreneurs that will change the landscape of our city in the next five to ten years. It’s very exciting.”
Further, event sponsor You and Who provided custom t-shirts from the company’s Who’s Hungry program, which teams donned throughout the competition. For every shirt provided to Startup Weekend Buffalo, a meal will be donated to someone in need. As a result, You and Who is donating 133 meals to Friends of the Night People.
“Companies and entrepreneurs are increasingly weaving in socially conscious practices into their business models,” said Dan Gigante, Founder of You and Who and Startup Weekend Buffalo co-organizer. “As one of Buffalo’s own startups, it’s an honor for You and Who to be a part of this important event that gives other local entrepreneurs the opportunity to make their business dreams a reality, all while being able to do what You and Who does best: give back to the communities we serve.”
A local group of volunteers comprised of passionate technology professionals and entrepreneurs have worked tirelessly over the last six months to bring this one-of-a-kind event to Buffalo. This landmark event signals the vibrancy and talent of Buffalo’s tech, educational and business sectors, as well as the city’s emergence as a hotbed for startup ventures.
“The entrepreneurial and startup culture in Buffalo is growing, and this event is one more way in which we, as a community, can help facilitate businesses to become established and succeed here in our city,” said Startup Weekend Buffalo co-organizer, Dan Magnuszewski. “Buffalo needs innovative businesses and thought leaders to help grow our local economy, and we’re more ready for it than we’ve ever been. This is evidenced by the incredible turnout from this event and the smart business models presented throughout the weekend.”
Startup Weekend is a global non-profit organization with a mission to connect local entrepreneurs and foster the development of new companies. Startup Weekend Buffalo connected over 140 local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources during its first-ever Startup Weekend, a highly collaborative 54-hour event where attendees competed with their ideas, formed teams and launched Buffalo’s next startups.
About Startup Weekend Buffalo: Startup Weekend Buffalo is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. For more information, visit www.buffalo.startupweekend.org or follow along on Twitter.
About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 55,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and 100 trained facilitators spread across more than 300 cities in 100 countries. Kauffman Foundation, Google, Microsoft, .Co, Sendgrid and Cloudmine are sponsors. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org or follow along on Twitter.