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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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