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All Wrapped UP

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..Yes just in time for X-mas.  Can you believe it? Just one week ago we were meeting one another and scarfing down pizza at warp speed.  We had some practice warm ups with some great start up ideas – many of which had a somewhat suggestive theme related to adult toys.  But then things got a bit more serious and nearly 50 of you pitched your ideas with the power of democracy deciding the top 10.  It was difficult to clear Campus that night as the energy in the room according to our veteran facilitator was “Mature, and Relaxed”.  Nuff said.

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DAY 2 and 3 were chalk full of customer development, business modelling, serious coaching, testing, and more munching of our fun food and crap coffee.

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Fast forward 54 hours and we finally got down to the final pitches to our stellar line up of judges who had a tough time selecting the winners from some seriously compelling presentations..

In 2nd place: WARDO #Pandora for Men’s Fashion. Personalised style recommendations sourced from a learning algorithm.

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And tied for 1st place. yes that’s right the judges called it a TIE with the following startups.

FASHION BRIEF #Fashion project-planning software focused on shoots and shows

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SWAPPI #Super simple group fashion swaps, impress your friends with unique fashion items

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And so that’s a Wrap.  Keep an eye out for these trailblazing startups..

Special thank to Campus for hosting the weekend, to all of the coaches, judges, volunteers, and the UP global team for their hard work and dedication, and of course to you! – the Startup Weekender for making the magic happen.  You brought  incredible entrepreneurial spirit, passion and persistence, humour, and made what was surely a whole lotta Startup Weekend fun – unforgettable.

 

PS.  Lest we forget to give another big shout out to Federico!

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 Photo Credits: Aram Ostadian-Binai