This week is NOLA Tech Week, a week-long series of tech related events in the Crescent City. And tonight, one new company illuminated the level of enthusiasm and interest in the growing tech sector: FundDat.
A few weeks ago, Tech Cocktail gave FundDat, a new crowd funding platform focused on New Orleans based projects, recognition for being one of the“hottest” new start-ups in our region. At the Rusty Nail tonight, FundDat officially launched its platform with a wildly successful "live crowd funding" event attended by several hundred people. FundDat founders Marc Juneau and Alexander McConduit will be flying to Las Vegas next week to pick up a well-deserved Tech Cocktail award.
Tonight's live event featured ten carefully curated FundDat projects. Each project was granted a 90 second pitch and a table where they could meet one on one with members of the crowd. The first 100 entrants to the event were given $20 FundDat dollars. Additional FundDat dollars could be purchased at the event as well. Tonight the projects competed to win a $1000 bonus toward their FundDat campaign.
Tonight’s FundDat grand prize winner was Maxwell Worthington LLC and its Expanding Communication platform. Maxwell Worthington, a software start-up based in Federal City, has spent the past two years developing an enterprise platform for email, messaging, video conferencing, file sharing, file transfers, shared calendars and contacts, and more. The company sells both software services and products. Several of the company's business customers were at the Maxwell Worthington table providing testimonials about the company's products and services.
Winning second and third place respectively were Bloom Box Farms and Nomad Schools. Bloom Box Farms uses recycled storage containers to grow high yield crops. Nomad Schools creates mobile English as a Second Language materials for mobile devices. The FundDat site is now live with all ten projects. FundDat supports local start-ups, organizations, films, arts programs, and more.
You can out more about FundDat on the company's website.