VidFall takes home $30,000 prize package at second annual Seacoast region new business competition
ROCHESTER, May 9, 2014 – VidFall’s Joel Robinson of Litchfield was proclaimed the $30,000 prize package winner of Start-Up 2014 at last night’s “Shark Tank”- style judging contest, a competition supporting economic development in the New Hampshire’s Seacoast region. More than 200 members of the public came to cheer on the seven finalists as they competed in the judging round of the competition at 36 Industrial Way in Rochester.
Robinson, a Lehigh University senior, beat out six other presenters with his auction web site that creates discounts for shoppers by crowdsourcing video ad views. “This is a great place to build a business and I look forward to being here for a while,” said Robinson, as he accepted a giant replica of a $10,000 check presented by Jonathan Shapleigh of Bank of New Hampshire and Mary Ellen Humphrey of the City of Rochester Office of Economic Development.
“This event is really representative of the spirit of the Seacoast,” said City of Rochester Economic Development Manager Karen Pollard.
Robinson says the idea came to him a half year ago in his dorm room and he quickly sketched it out on the back of an old homework assignment. Last month he was named first place winner of Reddit’s March Startup of the Month Contest on /r/startups. He has also signed an ownership structure agreement with venture capitalist, Tom “TK” Kuegler of Wasabi Ventures. Robinson's site can be viewed at http://vidfall.com.
Judging the event were: Dennis McCann, Executive Director of the Strafford Economic Development Corporation of New Hampshire; Samuel Campagna, Director of Strategic Sourcing for Albany International Corp; David Guttadauro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Signal Corporation; Vickie Routhier, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Bank of New Hampshire; Mark Kaplan, Chief Executive Officer of the abiHUB; Monica Haley, Practice Manager for the American Pain Institute; and T.J. Jean, Mayor of the City of Rochester and Administrator of the Gaffney Home. The public was also invited to attend and cheer on contestants.
Other finalists competing at last nights event were: Car Compass (Caleigh MacPherson, Matthew Standley and David Chadwick, Lee); Coded Fittings (Keith Newton, Nottingham); Economic Impact Rating (Anthony Comito, Manchester); EZAppSolutions (Tim Brown, Farmington); Leaf Labs (Curtis Lush, Durham); and Tap Tender (Corey MacKoul, Rochester).
Also on hand was last year’s winner, Austin Long, the Dover High School student who recently sold his gaming network company, Square One, to Omnia Media in Los Angeles.
Bank of New Hampshire, which has offices throughout the Seacoast region, is the presenting sponsor. Founding sponsors are the City of Rochester Office of Economic Development and the abi HUB based in Manchester. Other sponsors are SEDC, Liberty Mutual, Country Tire, Profile Bank, Thompson Investment Casting, Albany International, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Devine Millimet, Tumbledown Farms, Riley Enterprises, Inc., Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, MetroCast Channel 12, Dumont Property Group, American Pain Institute, HRS Technologies, and WHEB/News Radio 97.
For more information, contact the Rochester Office of Economic Development, 603-335-7522
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