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.
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
First runner-up FIU track: Freezcake
Link to story about Freezcake: Pandemic pain yields to new cheesecake desserts for startup Freezcake
Second runner-up FIU track: Nailstry
Link to story about Nailstry: Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur launches app to handle finger sizing and nail artistry
First place Community track: Storybook
Link to story about Storybook: Storybook app gives parents an assist putting kids to bed with music, stories
First runner-up Community track: Rella
Link to story about Rella: Miami startup ramping up its management tool for social media influencers
Second runner-up Community track: Column
Link to story about Column: Miami startup develops software to fill newspaper columns with public notices