Distilled Intelligence 2.0 Recap: The Startup Battle

11 Oct Distilled Intelligence 2.0 Recap: The Startup Battle

Day 1: Series A Day

Today kicked off the first day of Distilled Intelligence 2.0, an event where startups compete in a series of presentations for the grand prize of $100K.  The event took place in Washington D.C. at the Carnegie Library and featured presentations from 50 companies that have raised between $101K – $1M.  This blog will give you a very brief synopsis of the day, the competing companies and who made it through each round until the winners were announced.  If you’re looking for the long version, please check out my colleague Jonathan Katz’s live account of the event at http://fortify.vc/blog.  The competing companies included:

  • 410 Labs
  • ABCDExperts
  • Agent Piggy
  • Apiphany
  • AutoPilot
  • Bookstore Genie
  • Camp Easy
  • CoFoundersLab
  • Company Capture
  • CoupedOut
  • CriticMania
  • Dasdak
  • DISTIL
  • Cirrus Thinking/Dolly Drive
  • Echoer
  • Emergent One
  • FID3
  • Fiteeza
  • Flex Receipts
  • Flexy Keyboard
  • Genomic Arts
  • Hallway
  • Heyo
  • Janus Motorcycles
  • Kedzoh
  • Lemur
  • Lovethatfit
  • Medclimate
  • Micronic Technologies
  • NinjaThat
  • NOVUSPORT
  • One World Youth Project
  • Pengo, Inc.
  • Person Spot
  • Photocache
  • ReplyBuy
  • Ruzuku
  • Same Grain
  • The Social Radio
  • Speek
  • Stickystreet
  • StudyHall
  • Tawkify
  • Tevolution
  • TistaGames
  • Trendpo
  • Umba Box
  • Villagize
  • Wahooly
  • Wealthforge Holdings, Inc.
  • YellowFlag

After registration and opening remarks from Fortify.vc Founding Partner Jonathan Perelli (and co-creator of Distilled Intelligence), all 50 companies participated in a speed round, where they each had 60 seconds to convince the panel of judges to keep them around for the semi-final round.  Just in case you’ve never had to give a 1-minute speech, its not easy! Expert judges included:

  • Michael Cloran, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Adam Fazackerley, entrepreneur, General Partner with Fortify.vc, co-founder of Distilled Intelligence and co-founder of Lay-n-Go
  • Blake Hall, Founder and CEO of TroopSwap
  • Phil Lawson-Shanks, entrepreneur, CTO of Virtacore Systems

While the judges met to determine which 20 companies would make the cut, Mr. Perelli took the stage again to entertain the crowd as moderator of a panel about startup funding.  Panelists included Randy Domolky, founding and managing director of Liquid Capital Group, Tom Grossi, director of Apprenda, Lot18, newBrandAnalytics and Poggled and Erik Kimel, founder of Peer2Peer Tutors.

Semi-Finalists

Following the panel, the 20 semi-finalists were announced and here’s who made it through to the 2nd round, which consisted of a more in-depth, 3-minute presentation:

  • 410 Labs
  • AgentPiggy
  • AutoPilot
  • CampEasy
  • CoFounder’sLab
  • Dasdak
  • DISTIL
  • Fleksy
  • Genomic Arts
  • Hallway
  • Heyo
  • Lemur
  • Lovethatfit
  • Micronic Technologies
  • NinjaThat
  • Pengo
  • Speek
  • TistaGames
  • Umba Box

This time, while judges convened, Zaarly’s Eric Koester and Mixergy’s Andrew Warner took the stage for a fireside chat. For this casual interview, Warner picked Koester’s brain about the difference between Zaarly and Craigslist, investors (like the famous Ashton Kutcher), and what it took to acquire 300,000 users in just 3 months.

Finalists and Winners

Then, the 10 finalists were revealed:

  • 410 labs
  • CampEasy
  • Fleksy
  • Genomic Arts
  • Hallway
  • Lemur
  • Micron Technologies
  • Speek
  • TistaGames
  • Umba Box

These finalists had to endure a 4-minute Q&A with the judges that would decide their fate.  And the winners were (drumroll please…):

Toasting the day, happy hour followed the announcement of the winners!  Today’s event was a great time with a great group of start-ups, and I’m sad it’s over.  But, the good news is there is another day of fun tomorrow!  If you didn’t get a ticket, be sure to following Jonathan’s live account of Day 2: Seed Stage Day, that will feature companies who have raised less than $100K.

Kate Nesbitt
knesbitt@speakerboxpr.com
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