We participated in Startup Riot last week and it was an absolute blast. The amount of promising young startups in Atlanta is overwhelming and Startup Riot amplifies that. In case you don’t know, Startup Riot features 30, 3 minute pitches from startups. After each pitch you are asked a series of questions from panel of 3 judges who vote on the top companies. The companies that came to Startup Riot were awesome, see a summary of all that participated here.
gottaGolf Wins 2nd Place
Our pitch went well and we were prepared for the questions they had. When the time came for Sanjay to announce the top 5 companies, we were hopeful, but given the quality of the other companies and the fact that none of the judges were golfers, I didn’t really expect to place. However, when they showed the top 5, we were on the list.
Now, to determine the top 3, the crowd had to text in their votes. After a few minutes of anxiously waiting, it was time to announce the top 3. Sanjay began with number 3, WatchMeWork, then he showed our logo on screen and said that gottaGolf was second place! We were ecstatic. Placing in the top 3 meant that were we able to successfully convey the pain and solution we are addressing, to a bunch of non-golfers AND that we got a lot of cool prizes, including 20, 30 minute meetings with investors and successful entrepreneurs.
If you are interested in hearing our pitch, it’s embedded at the bottom of this post.
However, the Best Part Wasn’t Winning
Although finishing second and receiving a lot of cool prizes was great, it wasn’t the best part. The best part was the meeting so many interesting people. At events like Startup Riot, everyone is passionate about what they are working on, they have a look in their eyes that is full of life and excitement.
Hearing about what everyone is working on and listening to stories from fellow entrepreneurs is encouraging, it’s always a bit of a “high” to be around so many like-minded people who are out there chasing their dreams. For those of you who haven’t been to Startup Riot, I recommend you put in on your calendar for next year.
Two Other Companies to Keep An Eye On
I was impressed by all 30 companies that participated in Startup Riot and I truly believe that most of them will see some level of success. There are two companies I bumped into that day that stick out in my mind… and one didn’t even participate.
Immortalia: Immortalia is an app that makes it easy to record your memories to be passed down for generations. It’s a very interesting concept and something that I will put to use. The idea of being able to know what my Dad or Grandpa were like at 25 is very intriguing. The founder, Alex, was an IHG executive in his former life and something about him makes me think they will see success in the near future.
Principle: Principle is a company founded by Daniel Hooper. I met Daniel in line at the food trucks during lunch. He has a very interesting story, Daniel recently quit his job at Apple to move back to Atlanta (take that… west coast) and he’s trying to solve a real problem that we face all the time at gottaGolf. Principle enables designers to create interactive and animated prototypes of their app designs.
See Our Presentation:
(skip to 22:40 and change to “270p” quality in the bottom right to avoid skipping)
Were you at Startup Riot? If so – which companies do you think we should keep an eye on?