Meet the big winner at Portland Startup Weekend

Meet the big winner at Portland Startup Weekend
Distio was named the overall winner of Portland Startup Weekend. The team pitched a company that would connect suppliers in need of distribution with distributors that have excess capacity. (Photo: Portland Business Journal)

Another Portland Startup Week is in the books.

This time, the big winner developed an idea that combines the decidedly unsexy problems of distribution and logistics with applied elements of the sharing economy.

The sharing economy is tech's hot new trend of companies that allows people to rent their unused items. The winning company, Distio, helps people rent cars to companies like Uber, rooms to companies like Airbnb and even their time to firms like TaskRabbit, Portland Business Journal reported Monday.

Over the course of the weekend, Distio started as a sort of Uber for distribution, then pivoted to a platform that would allow existing local distribution companies to efficiently use their excess capacity to serve small businesses.

Startup Weekend is an event that draws entrepreneurs, developers and designers together to work on ideas over the course of a weekend. Projects are pitched Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday, participants gather market data, and validate and build their customer bases. By Sunday evening, the groups present what their business model ideas to a panel of judges.

The event was hosted by Puppet Labs, which also hosted a Startup Weekend last fall. More than 100 people gathered to watch the final pitches Sunday night. The 14 teams that were created were judged by:

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