Friday March 22, 2013 | 10:43 PM
I'm at Portland's Peloton Labs for this evening, live-blogging Maine's first-ever "Startup Weekend" event (find more background here in my Thursday post).
We had about 45 pitches in all, which I'm told is a high rate of participation (there are about 70 participants in all). After hearing everyone's ideas, there was a round of voting that narrowed them down to about a dozen promising concepts.
At about 9 p.m., the remaining participants went downstairs in a scrum to create teams of 6-7 people around the remaining concepts.
These are the businesses that these teams plan to build over the rest of the weekend:
- "The Time Travel Agency of Portland," a travel guide that would structure city tours as "quests" for live-action role playing.
- "Draftronix," a website of sports statistics that would help people in fantasy sports leagues or adult recreation leagues create better teams [UPDATE: this team didn't attract enough members on Friday night, so as of Saturday morning its members have split up to work on other teams]
- "Dance Gym," a daytime dance club "for people too mature or too sober to go out to nightclubs."
- "Docs Online," pitched as a new publishing and distribution model for documentaries on the web.
- "Goals with Friends," a social platform through which friends would share personal goals and support each other in achieving them.
- "The Green Porta Potty," which would turn waste from festivals and other events into an economically-valuable fertilizers.
- The "Community Bar," a bricks-and-mortar version of the popular GreendDrinks event that would allow patrons to dedicate a portion of their tabs towards local social causes.
- "Crash Pad," a website designed to connect students' summer apartment vacancies to other students and summer interns who need short-term housing in college communities.
- "UMake.com," pitched as "the Zillow of salaries," to help students estimate the value of various college degrees.
- "Fest Maine," an international dance festival aimed at promoting Portland's international immigrant communities.
As of 10:20 p.m., the teams are huddled to discuss their strategies for the weekend and trade contact information. Things are winding down and some people — including yours truly — are headed home for the evening. We'll all be returning tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., when the business-building will begin in earnest over breakfast and plenty of coffee. I'll have more updates from the business-planning process, plus interviews with some of the participants, throughout the day Saturday.
I'll be live-blogging from Startup Weekend through Sunday, so stay tuned. You can also follow along on Twitter by following the hashtag #swportlandmaine.
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