When the dust settled on Sunday evening, three teams emerged victorious at the third Startup Weekend Bloomington. First place honors and the top prize package were awarded to the team Lunker, a mobile app and social networking site linking the fishing community across the nation where fishermen can post their catches, share knowledge, and form communities around their favorite fishing locations.
The team received a grand prize package featuring goods and services from local businesses and organizations, including three months of office space at The Solution Lab, legal services from Mallor and Grodner, accounting services from BKD, a free marketing campaign from BizProps and a free business plan review from Localstake.
Second place was awarded to team EV Racing, who created tremendous buzz around an electric vehicle racing team that competes against gasoline and diesel vehicles. They even managed to get a professional driver interested in racing for them! Third place went to the Buddy team, who developed an natural language order aggregation mobile application that allows users to order from multiple vendors with a single input without repeating address and payment information for each vendor.
While all of the teams made fantastic progress toward realizing their ideas over the course of the weekend, these three stood apart to the judges.
All in all, it was a fantastic event for Startup Weekend Bloomington, with 80% of the attendees being new to the startup community. This kind of growth in the local community and interest has encouraged the local GOO (Group of Organizers) to expand the role Startup Weekend has in the community to help grow the local startup community and better prepare everyone to succeed in the startup world.