The winner of the one-sentence pitch competition is … Portals

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Well, after more than 40 pitches and nearly 200 comments, here’s our winner of the second annual GeekWire/Founder Institute pitch competition: Portals.

As a result of the win, the Seattle startup earns a chance for a full scholarship for the Founder Institute’s fall semester entrepreneurial mentorship program, which begins this week. It also qualifies for a spot in the GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch Meetup, taking place October 23rd at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle.

Here’s the full pitch from the startup:

Portals is an online HTML5 application and website builder that allows businesses and consumers with no programming experience to easily create an online presence that is automatically optimized for every device, including desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

The winners were based on these criteria:
  • The pitch: either original, or modified based on feedback
  • Big idea/Big market
  • Uniqueness of the idea
  • Viability
The other honorable mentions were: OkCopay, A SafewayHOME; Qthru and PatentCloud. Here are their pitches:

My company, OkCopay, is developing a website that helps people who pay out-of-pocket for medical care find the right doctor at the right price, by allowing them to view often hidden and inconsistent pricing information, compare local health providers, and uncover deals.

A SafeWayHOME is the world’s first 24 hour designated driver mobile application that provides users with 3 designated drivers, and a 24 hour taxi service that is available anywhere in North America.

QThru is a mobile shopping platform that helps retailers get customers to the front of the line by allowing them shop, scan, get deals, and then checkout with a smartphone app.

PatentCloud is a Bigdata Platform that helps lawyers and anyone interested in patents to detect trends and mine anomalies on active and abandoned patents using custom dashboards, analytics and reporting.

Want to see some other great startups pitch their wares? Make sure to sign up today for the GeekWire Meetup where a handful of startups will get the chance to pitch their ideas to Zillow co-founder Rich Barton; GeekWire chairman Jonathan Sposato and Ontela/Sparkbuy founder Dan Shapiro.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Portals on the win!

  • Guest

    Back in the ’80′s, in the film and television industries, the Log Line became the priority (the 10-words or less to sum up a 3 act story or seasonal story arc). It’s generally accepted that the quality of films has devolved in terms of story and character complexity (with exceptions). Watch a movie from the ’40s. Heck, watch what the BBC still produces. These are projects that were not created around Log Lines.

    The dumbing-down (or sharpening up; depending on your POV) of start up business pitches to a single line, or proverbial elevator pitch, or other, “tell me in a minute what you do?” engagements means that entrepreneurs and innovators are not encouraged to develop anything with complexity and depth. The focus becomes on the abbreviated packaging and concept.

    With the implication that it’s only valuable if it can be summed up in a sentence.

    When we look back on the Decline of American innovation, whether or not this variable is evaluated will be interesting to see? I’ll check back in 20 years to see how it plays out.

  • http://twitter.com/ggier Georgia Gier

    Thanks guys! We’re really excited to pitch Portals at the Crocodile Cafe on the 23rd!

    • Lovelletters

      Hi Georgia! You are indeed already a winner– as Portals was selected by the Founder’s Institute as the top contestant eligible for a full scholarship to their fall semester (and the folks at FI will be in touch with you on next steps).
      As far as the 10/23 Elevator Pitch meetup is concerned, stay tuned to GeekWire to see which of the top five finalists has been selected to present there.
      As John outlined in his 9/26 post: “In addition to that prize, the top five entrepreneurs whose pitches we like the most will win the chance to join us on-stage at the Crocodile Cafe Oct. 23 for the GeekWire Meetup and Elevator Pitch.”
      So the top five are still in our sweepstakes, and we’ll be announcing all of the evening’s presenters on the site soon! Congrats to all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/frankxr Frank Ramirez

    Good job, what alot of fun. Wish I had know about it prior. Sounds like a twitter competition in the making here.