Five teams of students from BDW’s Startup class publicly launched their new businesses at the BDW Startup Pitchfest on May 2, 2012, in ATLAS.
BDW’s Startup class takes students through the conception, build and launch of an original product or service within a single semester. It is taught by Robert Reich, who is an entrepreneur, Boulder/Denver New Tech Meetup founder and moderator, and founder of OpenSpace Store and One Riot.
BDW (formerly known as Boulder Digital Works) is a post-digital studio within the ATLAS Institute. It offers multi-disciplinary, project-based graduate programs designed to provide skills needed by employees and entrepreneurs in the digital communication fields. It also offers intensive immersion programs in digital fluency for working professionals and other programs and workshops.
On May 2, the Startup teams presented the concepts behind their businesses, talked about markets and marketing, and explained why they thought their business would be successful.
A panel of judges gave advice and opinions about which business they favored. The business are:
Fatbot (in photo above) is robot toy that talks to the Internet and constructs an augmented reality environment that can be viewed through a smart phone. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1777366112/fatbot-the-little-robot-whos-building-a-big-world)
GoodShuffle.com uses the Web to help people in neighborhoods or larger communities rent tools from each other. (http://www.GoodShuffle.com/)
The International Candy Company allows people to buy candy from the global marketplace using a peer-to-peer system over the Web. (http://intlcandy.co/)
Moderob Labs (boredom spelled backward) is creating a mobile social gaming application for smart phones called Road Trip Bonanza, which allows people to play road-trip games such as “I Spy” with a modern technology twist. (http://moderoblabs.com/)
Raque is an online shopping site that helps shoppers make decisions based on their social networks. (http://raque.it/)