Hard to believe we have already come to the grand finale on Sunday night at The Lighthouse. After perfecting their pitches, asking last-minute questions of the mentors, and continuing to develop their products, the teams packed up at SocietyM and headed over to The Lighthouse to meet the judges and present what they’ve been doing for the last 55 hours. And they did not disappoint!
First we had an incredible talk from Lucy Brown from Future City | Glasgow, inspiring the entrepreneurs and showcasing that Glasgow is the right place to be for a Cleanweb startup. Delegates marked their calendars for February 2014, when Future City | Glasgow will be hosting a series of 4 hackathons (watch this space for announcements!).
Then it was right into the pitching! All of the teams gave outstanding presentations, some with live demos of real products that they developed over the course of the weekend. The judges quickly earned the nickname ‘dragons’ on the #SWG13 Twitter hashtag, with their tough and specific questions. The judges not only uncovered whether the teams had developed viable business models, but challenged them to really make an impact on our sustainable future.
While the judges left the room to deliberate – which was extremely challenging and took them longer than they had anticipated due to the high caliber of presentations – we heard from Sean Lightheard at CO2 Estates and Luke Nicholson (over VSee, but it totally worked!) from Carbon Culture for some industry expert knowledge and inspiration.
So FINALLY I will get to what you want to know – the results! Here you go:
- Community Choice Award, presented by Jennifer Tough, went to ScranClan
- Most Learning Demonstrated, presented by Lead Mentor Murray Buchanan, went to Podstay
- Best Low-Carbon Innovation, presented by Fiona Godsman, went to Green Bills
- Most Technically Innovative, presented by Jamie Coleman of TechCube, went to CloudLet
- Most Likely to Change Behaviour for Environmental Good, presented by Pippa Gardner, went to CoMute
- Best Positive Local Impact, presented by Rohan Gunatillake, went to Know Your Food
And finally… The overall winners of Startup Weekend Glasgow 2013, taking home tickets to Dublin Web Summit….
A massive conradulations to them, and to all the teams who made it through 55 hours of planning, designing, developing, researching, pitching, Red Bulling, and startupping.
What a weekend!