The participants consisted of a mix of Trinity students and Rackers (for the uninitiated, “racker” = Rackspace employee). All of them brought talent, heart, and passion for startups. The Friday night pitches were stronger than usual, which is probably in no small part due to lead event organizer and Trinity entrepreneurship professor Dr. Cristal Glanchai. Her efforts at prepping the student participants were impressive. The cast of mentors this time around was stellar: Pat Condon (Rackspace founder), Dirk Elmendorf (Rackspace founder), Nick Longo (CoffeeCup Software founder), and Jason Seats (Slicehost founder) offered expert guidance and advice from the perspective of entrepreneurs who have been through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and emerged victorious. These mentors were some of the most passionate, engaged, and involved mentors to grace a 3 Day Startup event. We jokingly referred to them as the “Legion of Doom”.
- 50% rise in applicants from last semester’s event
- Friday night business ideas revolving around service companies related to dining, mountain biking, social networking, market places for college students, music sharing sites, review sites, and event planning
- Extremely mature tech demos for a Saturday night, including the Eatsters team which used its demo to drive a real live user test at a restaurant later that evening.
Eatsters: Marketplace connecting restaurant goers interested in meeting other diners to restaurants looking to fill more tables
Day of Good: Marketplace connecting volunteers and volunteer opportunities
NeighborFarms: SaaS connecting local producers (i.e., farmers who sell at farmers markets) allowing them to coordinate for CSAs and markets
Helloworld.im: Simple profiles for developers
Full Closet: Company that solves sizing problems across brands and makes money from online retailers using the service
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