Three Charleston Startups Selected To Compete In Launch Pad PITCH

Three Charleston startups get to head to New Orleans this April for Collision 2016. Competing in the giant tech conference’s Launch Pad PITCH Competition are harborGood, Questis, and VAGA.

Collision is “America’s fastest growing tech conference” created by the team behind Web Summit. In two years, Collision has grown to over 7,500 attendees from more than 50 countries. Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media.

In an effort to shine the spotlight on promising startups from tech communities often overlooked across the US, Collision will host its pitch competition—Launch Pad PITCH—with startups from Charleston, Buffalo, Nashville, New Orleans, Raleigh-Durham, and San Antonio.

Watch the video of the Collision 2015 PITCH winner:

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center led the selection process that chose the three startups to represent Charleston during the pitch competition:

harborGood is the easy-to-use online marketplace that converts in-kind donations into cash to fund charitable causes. Supporters participate in the marketplace to contribute to their chosen organization as donors or buyers of goods, services and rentals. harborGood eliminates the need to orchestrate a match between an in-kind donation and a charity’s particular need, enables organizations to raise more funds with less effort and at lower cost and empowers more people to be impactful philanthropists through the simple acts of donating and buying in the marketplace.

Questis is a Financial Wellness platform that provides guidance to employers and employees using software and credentialed advisers. Blending personalized advice, education, and leading-edge technology–backed by a science-based, academic approach to portfolio management and financial planning–Questis focuses on personal coaching to help employees handle their money so they can be engaged at the workplace.

VAGA is a trusted community marketplace for individuals and companies to list, discover, and book unique short term workspace rentals around the world. VAGA helps companies with extra space rent it out to tenants looking for rentals from 18 months down to by-the-hour. With VAGA Concierge (a simple request for what is needed, anywhere in the world, and VAGA Concierge presents options and manages the booking) and vaga.co (an online platform for automated booking of short term space – currently in Charleston, SC and growing to new cities), VAGA enables access to space that otherwise goes unused and helps companies save money.

Forbes named Collision’s pitching competition one of the best startup competitions in the world. It has two goals: dispel the theory that you have to live in a “traditional” tech city to succeed; and become known as the most important, most wide-ranging startup pitch competition in America. It’s open to any Collision startup that has received under $3 million in funding to date.

Many of the cities represented have strong entrepreneurial ecosystems emerging, but don’t get the attention of the mainstream media that cities like San Francisco or New York do. Charleston is definitely one such city as its number of tech startups and companies continue to gain momentum and gain national attention.

For three days they’ll battle it out in front of a judging panel comprised of distinguished investors, influential media, and thousands of attendees. The winners of Launch Pad PITCH will then go straight into the PITCH semi-finals against other startups from around the world. Awaiting the very best are placements in the PITCH final in front of the international Collision audience.

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