Congratulations to the winners and finalists of SeedCon's fast-pitch competition, who vied for over $100,000+ in in-kind prizes!


Intelligent Loop’s Antonio Ransom presenting at SeedCon 2012

Congratulations to the following winners and finalists of the SeedCon 2012 Fast-Pitch Competition, who were selected from over 80 applicants and given the opportunity to pitch in front of top names in Chicago's entrepreneurship and venture capital community. Also, thank you to Built in Chicago, who partnered with Chicago Booth to host the Fast-Pitch Competition.

First Place: Intelligent Loop
Intelligent Loop is developing mobile enterprise software that helps managers of industrial
facilities reduce the cost and complexity of managing their physical assets by connecting
these assets to the internet, using a smartphone’s capability to scan barcodes, take photos,
acquire GPS, support near fi eld communications, and push collected data to the cloud.

Second Place: DigitalGroundUp
DigitalGroundUp is an interactive and experiential learning platform for digital marketing.
Instead of reading the 250-page AdWords manual or watching videos on YouTube or
Udemy, individuals on DigitalGroundUp learn by doing, getting their hands dirty with
interactive exercises that simulate online advertising—without having to gamble money on
Google or Facebook. DigitalGroundUp will bring digital marketing to the masses, allowing
companies to take control and improve their own digital marketing efforts without having to
hire an agency, consultant, or internal specialist.

Third Place: Infrared Solutions
Infrared Solutions leverages recent advances in nanomaterials chemistry to provide an
alternative to current infrared, thermal detection technologies, which could dramatically
reduce the cost of detectors and cameras. This new technology will meet a great demand
for more affordable devices and open thermal detection and imaging to new applications
and markets.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Bet ME is a low-cost online gambling site focusing on sports/fi nancial and special interest (e.g. politics) betting. Unlike traditional bookmakers who take a spread on each bet made, Bet ME intends to only take a 50 pence transaction fee on each bet made between punters.

MedKo is the TripAdvisor for medical travelers. As a catalogue of doctors and medical services, MedKo connects health travelers to their best option depending on their budget and interests. Users can create profile pages, share before and after photos, interact with doctors, and best of all…read reviews from someone that’s been in their shoes.

Me So Far is sometimes described as TED talks meets dating. Based on the insight that
attraction is more gradual than instant, this live event and platform for singles uses a
slideshow storytelling method to facilitate connections. This format uniquely merges depth
and effi ciency into the search for someone.

TheStylisted is the only dedicated network of freelance beauty and wellness professionals
that allows clients to view detailed online portfolios from the network and book in-home
appointments through the site. Their philosophy: Beauty isn’t pain...it’s just inconvenient!

Winners received over $100,000 in start-up-friendly prizes provided by our generous in-kind sponsors:

 
Spertus Institute