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Katie Neal and Paige Bernier are getting set to earn their Gonzaga engineering degrees this spring.
But they found time last weekend to be one of three winning teams during the Startup Weekend Spokane competition.
Thirty three ideas were pitched and 11 teams moved on to final presentation on Sunday.
The winning three were;
• Rebooked, a marketing notification app that businesses would use to convert canceled reservations or appointments into contacts with customers able to fill those slots. The idea came out of a collaboration of team members Ed Reese, Dan Gayle, Philip Glenn, Darin Herleikson, Connor Simpson, Tuan Nguyen, Georges Pons and Nathan Drechsel.
• Obloco, an improved retail point-of-sale system to eliminate paper receipts. The idea came from Victor Yefremov, and team members included Tim Aton, Adam Parish, Malachi Riedl, Jeff McGee, Max Delsid and Jason Shepherd.
• Forge Ahead, a company sponsoring creative competitions for engineering students looking to address real-world technical or business problems. It was pitched by Gonzaga students Paige Bernier and Katie Neal, with members Craig Meredith, Jacob Voegele, Jonny Wang, Rebecca Writz, Eric Norman and Josh Villars.
As top finisher, the Rebooked team gets to make a funding pitch to Spokane Angel Alliance, a venture fund.
The Forge Ahead business plan was the first-time Startup Weekend effort by Bernier and Neal. Bernier said she and Neal lost their zeal for engineering in their second year at GU, wondering if their work would create any lasting value for others.
Then last year they competed in an engineering competition sponsored by Eurekatory.com.
“The light bulb went on then, and we’ve been on a mission ever since,” Bernier said. “We want to bring that same excitement to other students.”
This slick little video shows founder Connor Simpson making the pitch. Does a fine job highlighting how the clothes-trading business operates. They're trying to raise $20,000.
The company is based in the cool renovated Buchanan Building in downtown Spokane.
Those crazy guys who recently launched online bartering platform Barters Closet (www.barterscloset.com) are now looking to beef up their piggy bank to move the company forward. They recently started an Indiegogo effort to raise $70,000 to build a mobile app.
They describe the company's business plan as: a place where people can barter for a new wardrobe in a social network setting. The company leases office space in the Buchanan Building in downtown Spokane.
The privately held firm, with Connor Simpson at the helm, is working the crowdsourcing angle in hopes of creating a mobile app to help folks sell items via their phone.
As of today, the Indiegogo campaign had raised almost $700.
Barters Closet is a previous winner of Startup Weekend Spokane and has raised about $150,000 from members of the Spokane Angel Alliance.
One board member is Tom Simpson, Spokane's venture godfather and biological father of Connor Simpson.
A Barters Closet handout said: “The mobile application will allow users to take pictures of their clothes and upload them for barter, sale or donation; right from their phone! Users will also be able to connect with other users by following them, messaging them and thriftying them. Buyers will be able to shop through everything uploaded to Barters Closet to find that one-of-a kind item they are looking for.”