A 3-day entrepreneurial competition has taken up shop in Doejo today. Think of it as a think-tank residency.
As a part of TechWeek Conference and Expo, and Startup Weekend here in Chicago, S.P.A.R.K. Chicago’s tech start-up development challenge has come down to the wire with Doejo playing host for express incubation. ―I know, this all sounds confusing, but stay with me, it’s an awesome concept.
We volunteered our development services and mentoring to startup group, S.P.A.R.K. finalists, Foodi.es to launch web-based app, Duck, Duck, Dish. It’s a crowd-funded group tasting event platform on the level with Kickstarter where users (10, 20 friends or strangers) pledge money (around $20 - $50) to be potentially served thousands of dollars worth of hot Chicago restaurant fare. The tag line explains it frankly: “Get your seat at the cool kids' table.”
Right now our team is working diligently with the folks of Foodi.es to pitch the final product ―competing against two other finalists―for the final round July 27. The tensions up and the stakes are high for the prizes: more than $100,000 worth of free business services and a $10,000 or more cash grant hosted by Technori and sponsored by Chicago-based video vending/rental purveyors Redbox.