Charleston Accelerators Pitch Event

For those of you who may have missed our social media posts this week, Jennifer had the pleasure of attending the Charleston Accelerators Pitch Event (C.A.P.E.) on Tuesday. The event was co-hosted by The Harbor Entrepreneur Center and CofC’s ICAT program.

Groups from CofC and CoHort 3 (of The Harbor) presented pitches in a two part event. Eight teams from CofC competed for a chance to win a $10,000 prize, and CoHort 3 contestants competed for a package of business services (some of which were donated by yours truly, Rooted ID).

Two winners, Yawper and Team SpotIt, were crowned from the CofC group. Both were recognized for app development. Yawper is a social networking app that makes real-time bar and restaurant information available to users. SpotIt helps users find convenient parking. Organizers originally announced that the prize money would be split between the two winning teams, but Tommy Baker (of Baker Motor Company) stepped in and generously offered an additional $10,000 so that both teams could take home a full prize.

Teamphoria brought home first place for CoHort 3. Founders Andrew Strickland and Prashant Katwa have created employee engagement software that helps to create and measure company culture. It’s the first software platform of its kind, providing real-time employee engagement metrics that allow an organization to monitor internal interactions. Software features focus on employee recognition, improving communication, capturing feedback and enhancing individual performance.

The Rooted ID team is looking forward to working with Teamphoria, but we thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the C.A.P.E participants. Keep up the good work, guys!