Everywhere Else Tennessee Conference Announces 10 Finalists for Startup Avenue

Nick Tippmann, who stepped into a senior organizer’s role last year at the inaugural Everywhere Else conference is running the whole show this year and when I spoke to him recently he said that this year’s sophomore effort is set to be even better than last year’s  conference, albeit slightly different.

In a move to focus on quality over quantity, Tippmann said, he and others are deliberately downsizing the event to make it more manageable and operable given its young age and small staff. There are several changes in store this year, but one thing that remains the same is the focus on innovation and entrepreneurial excellenct. And as part of a compeition pitting some of the nation’s best startups against each other, 10 finalists have been selected to compete and three companies from Memphis are in the mix (MentorMe, Screwpulp and WeddingWorthy).

If you haven’t secured your tickets for the event, go ahead and do so now – it’ll be here before you know it.

Here are additional details from Nick:

Memphis, TN, April 8, 2014: Everywhere Else Tennessee has selected its 10 finalists to exhibit in their Startup Avenue and pitch in their Startup Showdown competition. The Startup Showdown pitch competition will take place on the main stage in front of a packed house of 400 entrepreneurs, investors and press and is being judged by a panel of venture capitalists and angel investors. The winner will be crowned “Heavyweight Champion of Everywhere Else.”

The participating startups were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants. They are:

Bourbon and Boots | Little Rock, AR

We are a great, new resource for finding stylish and unique handmade gifts to make you just a little bit cooler than all your friends. We only offer the best, high-quality “small batch” creations from small business owners and artisans.

Brandfolder | Denver, CO

Brandfolder is your convenient source to visually organize, quickly find and easily share all your final brand assets.

Cariloop | Dallas, TX

Cariloop helps people answer the questions they didn’t know to ask and connects them with the best senior care and service providers for their loved ones.

Kindful | Nashville, TN

Kindful’s simplistic yet powerful nature isn’t typical. We’ve made donor management fun again, and we have created the tools that allow you to engage your donors and further your cause.

MentorMe | Memphis, TN

MentorMe has taken the process of online dating and applied it to mentoring. We’re the only available technology solution that not only helps mentoring programs better manage day-to-day operations, but also helps them to better engage mentors and mentees.

OverDog | Nashville, TN

OverDog is a mobile app that enables athletes to challenge their fans to play video games on Xbox and Playstation. Launched in August 2013, OverDog has signed on hundreds of athletes across all of the major sports – football, baseball, soccer, even a few Olympians! – and has helped forge thousands of dream connections between its roster of athletes and OverDog fans.

Screwpulp | Memphis, TN

Screwpulp is an eBook market that helps you discover new books you’ll love according to your tastes. Our mission is to make it easy for authors and readers to find each other in meaningful way. We promote a community of sharing and honest feedback between readers and authors.

The SoGood | Charlotte, NC

The SoGood helps you discover the best local businesses through recommendations from friends and SoGood tastemakers. We’ve found that word-of-mouth recommendations drive local discovery, but access to these trusted recommendations is fairly limited.

Wannado | Nashville, TN

From concerts to causes to cultural events, every day is packed with opportunities. Wannado® lets you find the events you want, and tune out the ones you don’t.

WeddingWorthy | Memphis, TN

WeddingWorthy.com is a group shopping platform that lets brides and their bridesmaids shop together from anywhere.  On WeddingWorthy.com, brides can finally tap into wedding inspiration that is shoppable. No more endless searches through dead-end photo sites.

“The Startup Avenue companies are some of the best startups in the country,” said Monica Selby, co-founder of The Everywhere Else Conference Series. “They deserve to show off, and I’m excited to provide a place to let them.”

With 2013 Startup Avenue alumni raising over $30 million dollars last year, they will have a high bar to live up to.

Everywhere Else Tennessee is made possible through our generous sponsors Launch Tennessee, Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Memphis, The Marston Group, PLC, Baker Donelson and Elevate.co.

About The Everywhere Else Conference Series

The Everywhere Else Conference Series is held annually in multiple cities across the country, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and creatives from inside and outside Silicon Valley. The conference’s mission is to provide education, connections and inspiration for entrepreneurs while shining a national spotlight on its host region’s entrepreneurial community.

For more information about Everywhere Else Tennessee please visit www.EverywhereElse.co

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