Here’s a rundown of the winners of 2022 Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition


Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition

Do not miss the mini-profiles about the product and service innovations of six South Florida early-stage companies that earned top honors in this year’s Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition.

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Here’s your guide to the winners of the 23rd annual Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition, the region’s oldest entrepreneurship challenge.

This year we had a record 70 South Florida early-stage companies pitching their innovative products and services across two categories: a community track and Florida International University track.

FIU, a sponsor and the Herald’s longtime partner in the pitch contest, handled its own track from judging to selecting winners. Endeavor Miami, the startup support and networking group with expertise scaling young companies, managed the community category this year. Endeavor officials reviewed the field of candidates and selected 12 finalists from the category to go before an independent panel of expert judges.

The six winners are:

First place FIU track: Boxie

Link to story about Boxie: Miami startup Boxie helps restaurants manage deluge of online food orders

Lemay Sanchez, CEO of Boxie, a company producing smart lockers for sorting and managing delivery orders, stands next to a smart locker at Boxie’s Miami Lakes showroom inside General Hotel and Restaurant Supply at 13900 NW 82nd Ave. in Hialeah. SAM NAVARRO Special for the Miami Herald

First runner-up FIU track: Freezcake

Link to story about Freezcake: Pandemic pain yields to new cheesecake desserts for startup Freezcake

Jenifer Shwartz, 36, the creator of Freezcake, holds a tray of her freeze-dried cheesecake snack at her bakery in Hollywood on April 27, 2022. MATIAS J. OCNER [email protected]

Second runner-up FIU track: Nailstry

Link to story about Nailstry: Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur launches app to handle finger sizing and nail artistry

Aurelia Edwards, founder of Nailstry, poses in her office in Fort Lauderdale on April 20, 2022. Giorgio Viera

First place Community track: Storybook

Link to story about Storybook: Storybook app gives parents an assist putting kids to bed with music, stories

Francisco Cornejo and Daniela Vega are the husband-wife founding team of an app called Storybook. Their app helps parents use stories, music and massage so their children sleep better. Al Diaz [email protected]

First runner-up Community track: Rella

Link to story about Rella: Miami startup ramping up its management tool for social media influencers

Rella founder Natalie Barbu, CEO, poses with Nick Kane, far left, chief operating officer, and Connor Boyce, chief technology officer, in Wynwood. Rella’s app helps influencers monetize their social media clout. Pedro Portal [email protected]

Second runner-up Community track: Column

Link to story about Column: Miami startup develops software to fill newspaper columns with public notices

Jake Seaton founded Column, a Miami software startup focused on the future of public notice. Column helps governments, law firms and citizens place public information required by law to be published by local media. Rodrigo Gaya Villar / Gayaman Visual Studio


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