Gerrad Larriett of East Harlem has won the first ever Harlem Demo Day. He will receive a prize package including more than $1,000 in seed capital, a year of free business checking, and more.
The event was hosted by Harlem Garage where it took place, Silicon Harlem, and Harlem Co-Working Group, with special guest Mike Street acting as the official emcee.
The event raised more than $1,000.00 through ticket sales, including a matching grant from crown sponsor Spring Bank. All proceeds will go directly to Mr. Larriett along with a free year of business checking from Spring Bank, three free months of co-working space from Harlem Garage, and a free two-week social media campaign from PR/Branding agency Pixel Prose Media.
Larriett’s business Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Petcare is a luxury-style “pet spa in a box” that offers fresh and soothing products for owners and their pets. His exclusive products are already available for purchase online through the company’s website and in stores in select cities across the country.
Said Larriett of his win: “I am so honored and humbled to win the first ever Harlem Demo Day! It was an amazing experience to fine-tune my elevator pitch as we expand our aromatherapy pet grooming product line.”
A diversity of local startups and entrepreneurs submitted applications to pitch their business ideas for the chance to present at Harlem Demo Day, a community crowd-funding series that aims to create a new model for investment in local entrepreneurship and economic prosperity by enabling to residents to participate in the growth of local businesses.
Out of the initial pool of applicants, four were chosen as finalists to present before an esteemed panel of judges that featured:·
- Silicon Harlem Founder Bruce Lincoln;
- General Assembly lecturer, CEO Coach & Investor McAdory Lipscomb, Jr.
- Former Freelancers’ Union CIO and Co-founder/CEO of Nethermead Diallo Powell;
- Entrepreneur and founder of Red Giraffe Advisors Sapna Shah;
- Managing entrepreneurial officer at Cornell Tech Aaron Holiday;
- Paliwoda Ventures Founder Ron Paliwoda.
The finalists which also included social media sharing app TeamSync, Mobile Dry Cleaning and Delivery App Door2Door, and Construction Management App TrackFlo were evaluated on such factors as innovation, scalability, execution, business model and others.
All of the presenters – and even some attendees received valuable feedback from judges on how to strengthen their pitches and make their businesses more viable.
“It was great to hear the incredibly helpful feedback from the judges and to witness the excitement of the finalists and attendees alike,” said Tasha Williams, founder/CEO of TTW Consulting and Co-Founder/Co-Organizer of Harlem Demo Day. “We are proud to have been able to highlight such amazing entrepreneurs and create visibility around Uptown’s growing startup community. Plans are currently underway for future events, and we look forward to continuing to support local entrepreneurship and economic growth in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.”
Those who are interested in learning about future “Harlem Demo Day” events and others are invited to sign up at http://eepurl.com/F5oBz.
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On Harlem Demo Day April 23, four uptown entrepreneurs will pitch their start-ups before a group of judges in the hopes of winning a cash prize
The event is sponsored by Harlem Co-working Meet Up group, Silicon Harlem, Spring Bank, the Harlem Garage and TTW Consulting.
The event will be held at Harlem Garage. One of many Harlem-based leading edge businesses including Harlem Garage and Harlem Biospace. The city’s Economic Development Corporation has plans to launch a second incubator in the area. And Silicon Harlem‘s monthly events grow more crowded each month.
Says Bruce Lincoln, Senior Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School & Silicon Harlem founder:
“What’s unique to Harlem is that it has always drawn creative, artistic people. Artists and creators today work with technology. We are a community on the rise. We see Harlem as being an innovation center.”
Winners will receive a cash prize and a year of free business checking from Spring Bank along with public relations help from Pixel Prose Media.
via: Uptown Entrepreneurs Pitch Tech Ideas in Bid to Put Harlem on App Map – Central Harlem – DNAinfo.com New York.
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