The fourth annual Chicago Lean Startup Challenge is proud to showcase the 2014 startup challengers! There are 20 semi-finalists from diverse industries spanning real estate through international trade and health care. The four finalists will compete for thousands in cash and prizes later this fall.
The Challenge began on July 12th with an all-day bootcamp, immersing the group in the principles of lean business model generation. During an intense 8-week period, the teams learned how to get out of the building, perform crucial customer interviews, quickly iterate pieces of their business model and get to revenue.
The semi-finalists will be judged based on how much they were able to learn in the short time period in order to de-risk the business model that they have been investigating. The four finalists will then receive a month of hands-on mentorship and training to help them further nail down product/market fit. One finalist will be chosen after a live judging round by local entrepreneur leaders.
This year’s semi-finalists are:
Angela Miller - Shares fashions with your friends (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/angela-miller-chicago-lean-startup-2014)
AnyServiceMatch.com - Connects property owners with service providers (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/anyservicematchcom-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-0)
Canvas - Finds safe shelter for abused women (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/canvas-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
Caraseal - Sanatizes mobile devices used in health care (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/caraseal-and-chicago-lean-launch-challenge-2014)
Converscape - Provides social media strategies (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/converscape-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
Dinemight - Reduces restaurant wait times (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014-dinemight-formerly-waitless)
Evolved Educator - Helps teachers create lesson content (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/chicago-lean-challenge-2014-evolved-educator)
Fantronics - Heightens sports fan experience (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/fantronics-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
Feel Good Health Club - Delivers credible health information (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/feel-good-health-club-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
GathrLocal - Streamlines customer feedback surveys (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/gathrlocal)
GroupTally - Collects and connects Information so associations can know and grow their membership (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/grouptally-chicago-lean-startup-challange-2014)
GwapApp - Organizes promotions for grocers (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/introducing-gwap-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
Homeology - Matches families to the right living community (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/homeology-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
InterChange - Cheaper international money transfer for international students (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014-interchange)
On Demand Dietitian - Improves affordable access to registered dietitians (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/demand-dietitian-lean-start-challenge)
PeerRealty - Offers crowdfunding for real estate (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/peerrealty-chicago-lean-startup-2014)
Prenovate - Enhances chronic disease management for underserved populations (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/prenovate-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
Sant - Introduces a healthy superfruit (http://www.builtinchicago.org/company/sant)
Skillpathing - Jumpstarts careers (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/skillpathing-chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014)
WASOKO.co - Pairs US suppliers with foreign buyers (http://www.builtinchicago.org/blog/chicago-lean-startup-challenge-2014-wasokoco)
Join us on October 16 for the live finals event! Come hear each of the above teams present a product pitch and how they used lean to find a business model based on facts - and stick around for the final judging round! The finals will take place at 6:00 pm at 1871. RSVP using the links below:
Early bird tickets $25.00 until Sunday, September 29
Regular price tickets $30.00 Monday, September 30 - October 10.
Last minute tickets $35.00 October 11- October 16