I.E Competition Winners and numbers

The votes are in and everybody agreed that the I.E competition was a great success. Teams who had survived to the final

round took the stage one last time to showcase their creative ideas to the audience and a panel of judges. The remaining group of finalists brought a large crowd who were excited and ready to vote. More than 800 people voted mobile via  android/iphone/and other mobile devices and over 160 people downloaded the iphone App to vote.

Bonfire Funds managed to pull in an impressive amount of votes (over 250!) to win the “Crowd Favorite”. It was inLieu, however, that won the judges approval and came out on top and won the competition. After being crowned as the regions next best start up, Kailey Raymond and Geoff Weathersby walked away with $10,000 to launch their idea off the ground. The young entrepreneurs were also was awarded with six months of free office space and a $500 gift certificate to La Difference furniture to help them transition into the business world.

inLieu runs on the power of gift giving and redirects people to charitable causes instead of non essential items. The socially responsible compnay was backed by a flexible business plan that impressed all of the judges. inLieu had managed to win against 142 other contestants who were all worthy competitors. Chrystal Neal, the Director of Creativity and Innovation at the Greater Richmond Chamer, noted..

 “All of our finalists, and indeed all of our contestants, should be tremendously proud of the creativity, energy and dedication they’ve shown throughout the Entrepreneurial Trilogy. We could not have asked for  a more diverse pool from which to select our eventual winner. It is our hope that all will experience momentum based on the exposure and networking provided during this process.”

Thanks to I.E for exposing Richmond’s diverse group of talented visionaries!  Start up businesses require lots ofdetermination and creative innovation and the I.E competition showed that Richmond has no shortage of supply.

i.e. StartUp Competition

The Richmond region is home to a diverse and vibrant community. Every day, in our garages and laboratories, studios and galleries around town, the RVA Creative Class creates impactful, creative and innovative solutions across all disciplines. i.e.* is a galvanizing initiative to launch Richmond into the limelight and over time, put us on the map for innovative excellence. An excited crowd voted for their for favorite contestants in the 2012 i.e.* StartUp Competition. On June 21st, 2012, at Richmond CenterStage, 143 contestants competed for a chance to win a $10,000 , six months free office space, and an opportunity to tell their story on stage at the upcoming TedXRVA event in the Fall of 2012. In support of the competition Shockoe has developed a voting system, both a native iPhone app and web mobile app, featuring full descriptions of each finalist, and  real-time in app voting.

 

 

Development Tools

– Appcelerator Titanium Mobile Platform

App Features

– Real time voting system

– Full group descriptions

– Real time results

Vote for your favorite contestants in the 2012 i.e.* StartUp Competition. On June 21st, 2012, at Richmond CenterStage, 143 contestants will be competing for a chance to win a $10,000 CASH PRIZE (generously contributed by  Cherry, Bekaert & HollandSix months free office space, and an opportunity to tell your story on stage at the upcoming TedXRVA event in the Fall of 2012. In support of the competition Shockoe has developed a voting system for both iphone and android devices, featuring full descriptions of each finalist, and  real-time in app voting. The app will be available for download soon in both the Apple App market and Android Play Market.

Voting criteria: 

* Evaluation of the viability of your business to be successful

* Evaluation of the innovative nature of your business

* Originality of your product or service in the market

What is i.e.* ? 

The Richmond region is home to a diverse and vibrant community. Every day, in our garages and laboratories, studios and galleries around town, the RVA Creative Class creates impactful, creative and innovative solutions across all disciplines. i.e.* is a galvanizing initiative to launch Richmond into the limelight and over time, put us on the map for innovative excellence.

Register to attend the i.e.* Start-Up Competition Finale HERE!

This event begins at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) and is free and open to the public. After the competition, join us for a celebration of all of our contestants at a party in Rhythm Hall at CenterStage ($15 per person, payable at the door via cash, check or credit card).