Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Here's the last batch of presentations from Startup Weekend Portland (if this is your first visit, here's some more background on what's going on).
Goals With Friends
Team leader Erika Allison is presenting. "How many of you had New Year's resolutions this year?" she asks. "How many of you are keeping those resolutions?"
She continues: "I had lots of goals this year, but I only kept one: my fitness goal. I've got this fitness app on my phone, and it makes exercising fun. And I've got other friends I exercise with."
The idea of "Goals with Friends" is to extend the same idea — peer pressure mixed with app technology — to other good habits besides fitness and running.
She brings up a mockup on the projector. The first screen on the phone shows a list of your goals; click on one of them, and the app displays your progress toward meeting that goal and your friends' progress.
Their tagline: "don't goal it alone."
The app would be sold for $2 on the app store, but there are also valuable advertising opportunities. For instance, a user whose goal is to floss every day might see an ad for dental floss.
A judge says, "This seems like such a good idea that it must exist somewhere already, right?"
Allison answers that "there are other goal apps out there, but they don't have the same social aspects, getting friends to join you in the same goal. That's what makes us unique."
The Community Bar would be a watering hole where a share of profits would be carved out to benefit a different nonprofit organization each month.
"Our mission is to create a community gathering place where patrons, staff, and partners are all working together to create a better community," says team leader Sean Sullivan.
Judges seem skeptical about their projected profit margins in a crowded bar and restaurant market.
"Our hope is that because we have this community identity we could get better pricing, but also get new revenue from doing events and meetings during the day, which other bars don't do."
Judge Lisa DeSisto asks how much of the revenue would go back to the nonprofits.
Sullivan answers that different beverages will have different margins, but it would generally be from 1 percent to 5 percent. He'd like to install a ticker at the bar that makes a running tally of contributions. As people buy beverages, they would see the running tally increase.
Maine International Dance Festival
"I am a new Mainer," says team member Jean Michel Kayumba, "but in the time I've been here I've learned that Mainers love festivals."
Music starts playing, and three young dancers wearing bells and costumes come up the aisle. This is a big hit with the crowd:
Jean Maginnis, of the Maine Center for Creativity, comes up to the podium and does a quick Irish jig ("This is how my grandmother danced," she explains). "The concept of the International Dance Festival is to bring different cultures together in a fun, relaxed setting."
And that wraps up the presentations from the teams. The judges have retreated into an office to deliberate for a few minutes. Stay tuned for the results ...
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