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A “match.com” for runners wins Portland Startup Weekend

A “match.com” for runners wins Portland Startup Weekend
The "LivFly" team took home top honors during the Portland Startup Weekend.

Portland Startup Weekend is kind of like a 54-hour relay race.  You have to pick your team, work together and hope to finish as the winners. And you can expect sweat, tears and beer by the end.
 
For a group of six guys (pictured), they ran it just right. LivFly took home the “Overall Winner” award with an idea to connect local runners.
 
Here's their idea:  Match running partners using where, when, how fast and how far they run.

The six hopefuls who formed LivFly won among 100 attendees.
 
Here’s how Portland Startup Weekend worked:

  • 47 people pitched ideas
  • Teams formed around the best 11 ideas
  • After hours of work, the 11 potential companies presented their ideas and winners were chosen

While LivFly walked away with the gold, two other teams took home honors:
 
Best Execution and Best Customer Validation: Freezepup - They make and sell frozen treats via bicycle cart that you can share with your dog.
 
Best Business Opportunity: Wijly: Wijly is internet connectivity for your widget. For example, imagine being able to control a light in your house by visiting a website. They had a working demo showing exactly that during their presentation.
 
The event may be over, but these teams are clearly just beginning the race to big business.
 
Congratulations!