Three Charleston-based startups reached the semi-finals for a national pitch competition at SUP-X: The StartUp Expo, the premier annual conference that brings together startups and investors from across North America.
Chosen from hundreds of online applications and via tech accelerators, angel groups and venture funds from throughout the US and Canada, the companies will compete for $50K in prizes against fifty startups from twenty-eight North American Cities on February 16-17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The event closes with a fast pitch competition of five finalists.
The Charleston startups selected as semi-finalists are:
TipHive is a team-powered collaborative community aimed at improving knowledge sharing and communication within enterprises by using “Hives” to store your team’s collective knowledge and experience, and create searchable, sharable content.
Car Payment Services revolutionizes the way the BHPH industry performs collections by helping dealers save time handling customer payments and increase revenue and customer satisfaction.
Moondog Animation is South Carolina’s first feature film animation studio. In a market saturated with shallow and disposable entertainment, MOONDOG’s dream is to offer a positive alternative to a demanding audience by creating substantial and life changing animation content that is highly entertaining.
“We had a great group of applicants this year, from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, Texas to New York and all the way down to Florida. These startups span hardware, software, apps, B2B, B2C: a really diverse group of talented companies and entrepreneurs, said Bob Fitts, founder and producer of SUP-X and president of the Boca Raton, FL, based Gold Coast Venture Capital Association.
“Our investor attendees will get to meet a great crop of some of North America’s most promising early-stage companies and the event is also a great opportunity for the startups to exhibit and meet more than 500 angel investors and venture capitalists from throughout the US and Canada.”
SUP-X: The StartUp Expo, is a two-day international conference taking place at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center. The expo will attract 1500+ startup and early-stage entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors and related service providers from throughout North America.
• Emcee: Gary Bredow, PBS “Startup” TV Series Host
• Keynote Addresses by Jim Jensen of Ultimate Software and Serial Entrepreneur Rachel Braun Scherk
• 50 Startup Exhibitors from 28 North American cities competing for $50,000
• 12 Panels comprised of successful investors and entrepreneurs discussing relevant topics of interest
• Special half-day forum for women entrepreneurs and women investors
• 100+ exhibitors
• 50% off General Admission Tickets for all active duty, retired and veteran US Military personnel