AlignRevenue, AuthEntry, IndustryMD, SalesGoose and Slipstream Music Player to vie for top honors
Five finalists have been selected for TechOut 2015, New Hampshire’s largest tech startup competition. A partnership between the Council and Alpha Loft, TechOut identifies entrepreneurs with viable plans to develop and market new technology products and funds them through investment capital awards of $100,000. The contest’s winner will be selected at the live event in Manchester on Wednesday, October 7.
TechOut includes live pitches from the finalists, an unveiling of the three winners, networking, and food and beverages for an absurdly low cost at $10 for members, $15 for not-yet-members and $5 for students. Get tickets online at nhhtc.org or alphaloft.org.
“Our goal is to pack the house with current, future or wannabe entrepreneurs,” said Matt Cookson, NHHTC executive director. “We are psyched to hear from our finalists and award $100,000 to the top three. TechOut is a great opportunity for these businesses to introduce themselves to the public and to pitch their ideas to other industry experts.”
The finalists for this year are:
- AlignRevenue, presented by CEO and cofounder Ric Pratte, is an interactive online meeting platform that engages buyers and automatically updates customer relationship management (CRM) software. It is focused on B2B inside sales;
- AuthEntry, presented by CEO Andrew Hebert, the “world’s first password-free computing platform” that combines password and identity access management, strong multi-factor authentication and single sign-on through its Gatekeeper-Pro product;
- IndustryMD, presented by founder Jim Kelly, an online platform that solves the challenges of all industries by curating the solutions of all B2B vendors and connecting those solutions with customers;
- SalesGoose, presented by Rick Ouellette, a software application that uses algorithms to make the sales process more efficient for buyers and sellers by sorting and prioritizing sales pitches, emails, presentations and cold calls; and
- Slipstream Music Player, presented by founder Garrett Cypher, a group music player and sharing application that lets users and their friends view and play each other’s music and vote on what music plays next.
TechOut is open to startups that have been in business for fewer than three years, raised less than $250,000 in funding and have less than $250,000 in revenue. The competition awards $100,000 in prize money each year: first place receives $50,000, second place $30,000 and third place $20,000. At the public event on October 7, a panel of judges will select the first and second place winners, while the third place winner will be decided entirely by the audience the night of the event.
We also want to recognize and thank lead sponsor for the 2015 TechOut competition, Borealis Ventures, along with sponsors FairPoint Communications, Dyn, Cook Little Rosenblatt Mason, Credit Suisse, Eastern Bank, Dunn, Rush & Co., Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire, Berry Dunn, Hypertherm, TD Bank, Howe, Riley & Howe and New Hampshire Business Review.