Organized by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), iNNOVATE LoCo offered small Loudoun-based businesses an opportunity to pitch their innovative technology-based products, such as mobile or web-based applications, to an expert panel of judges. Six companies each gave a 10-minute presentation to the judges, before an audience.
The focus of the competition was on companies that are developing “disruptive” technologies.
“A disruptive technology is an innovation that presents a new way of doing things that disrupts or overturns traditional business methods and practices,” explained Susan Henson, Regional Manager of the Mason Enterprise Center. “Through iNNOVATE LoCo, we are highlighting local businesses that offer new and unique solutions to current problems and needs, with fresh and out-of-the-box uses of technology.”
The winner was SafeLife, a mobile app and website that localizes and personalize news and information about personal and community safety. SafeLife was founded by Morgan Wright and Bonnie Van Alstyne and is located at 201 Wirt Street SW in downtown Leesburg. The company received $1,000 cash plus a sponsor package that included services from global law firm Holland and Knight and $600 credit toward Mason Enterprise Center membership. For more information about SafeLife, please visit www.safe-life.us.
Second place went to GoPop.TV. GoPop.TV is a revolutionary new social networking platform that not only allows you to watch TV shows when you want to watch them, but also connects you with a community that shares your TV viewing interests. GoPop.TV was founded by Eugene Evans and is a current MEC client. For their second place finish, they received $500 cash and a $600 credit toward Mason Enterprise Center membership. For more information about GoPop.TV, please visit www.gopop.tv.
“It was rewarding to see several of the companies the Mason Enterprise Center has supported over the past year showcased at this first iNNOVATE LoCo,” commented Henson. “We plan for this to be the first of many such events for Loudoun entrepreneurs. This type of event is one of the ways that the Mason Enterprise Center promotes business growth in conjunction with local economic development professionals.”
“The iNNOVATE LoCo winners represent the best of our efforts to attract and grow early stage technology start ups in Leesburg,” said Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s Economic Development Director. “Having success stories like GoPop.TV and SafeLife are sure to draw the attention of both investors and other entrepreneurs.”
For more information about the iNNOVATE LoCo Tech Pitch Competition, please visit www.innovateloco.com or contact Chris Hunter with the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development at email@example.com.