That’s a wrap… SWCLE 2014!


Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s over!  Even though it was actually over about a month ago, if you’re like us, you’re still coming down off the adrenaline if you were a part of Startup Weekend 2014!

What a great event…  We had nine great teams finish, with great and viable pitches.  In case you missed it, a quick recap…


The Judging:

Participants were judged based on the following criteria:
1.     Business Model – Customer Validation and acquisition strategy, Revenue model, Partnerships defined, Rollout strategy
2.     Technical – Is there a functional prototype ( the case of an app, did they build one)?
3.     Design – UX, Graphic design, Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in the chosen creative direction?

The Prizes:

Our goal was to put together a valuable prize package that would help the winning team continue what they started during the weekend if they choose.  We believe that we lined up some great opportunities for them to do just that…


NEOSA Tech Week Pitching Opportunities:

  • Pitch Night with SIM / April 14 (Monday)
  • TechPint / April 16 (Wednesday)
  • Best of Tech Awards / April 17 (Thursday)

4FrontDesign – 3 Hours of Design Work

FlashStarts: pre-qualify for our second round of applications to the 2014 Flashstarts Accelerator program, which essentially would include an in-person interview/consulting session with Charles and Jen
incFuse – 30 Day Free Access cards to incFuse!

Framebench – $300 License Credit

Hybrid Site – $600 Services Credit

Tyler Village – 6 months of office space + conference room


The Final Presentations

A total of nine ideas were presented by teams ranging from two to seven members.  Here is a recap of each team:

Barley Box – a subscription service “for Ohio craft beer lovers, by Ohio craft beer lovers” – @BarleyBox

Mem Care – an app that helps caretakers keep track with Alzheimer’s patient whereabouts using BLE

Cleveland Laundry Soap – a homemade, three-ingredient laundry soap for health conscious consumers to be offered in local markets

CampusMonkey – a service network for college campuses

Crewd – an app that will allow rowers to keep track of their rowing workouts—instead of writing them on paper

Wulfpack – an app that allows individuals looking for pickup games to send out a “Howl” and meet at a “den” at courts around various neighborhoods @wulfpackapp

Open Salons – similar to, but for stylists to fill open chairs in Salons

Hotel Hounds – a network of hotel pet sitters for pet owners who travel with their pets – @HotelHoundz

The Hero Within You – a nonprofit organization that will help promote technology and literacy for children


And the winner is…

We are excited to congratulate “Hotel Hounds” on winning #SWCLE 2014!

Thanks again to all of our sponsors, local vendors, volunteers, and attendees!  Look for announcements soon about Startup Weekend 2015.  We are planning to be a part of Cleveland Tech Week once again next year!