Seacoast-area Start-up 2014 picks competition finalistsBy Staff Report
April 28. 2014 7:49PM
ROCHESTER — Organizers of Start-up 2014, a Seacoast-area business competition, have selected seven New Hampshire finalists to compete for a $30,000 prize package.
The contestants are: Coded Fittings (Keith Newton, Nottingham); Tap Tender (Corey MacKoul, Rochester); EZAppSolutions (Tim Brown, Farmington); Car Compass (Caleigh MacPherson, Matthew Standley and David Chadwick, Lee); Vid Fall (Joel Robinson, Litchfield); Econ Impact (Anthony Comito, Manchester); and Leaf Labs (Curtis Lush, Durham).
The finalists will compete in the Start-Up 2014 Finals, a "Shark Tank"-style judging, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 8 at 36 Industrial Way, Ten Rod Road Business Park, in Rochester. The event is open to the public. (Register at Eventbrite.com.)
Now in its second year, the event highlights the Seacoast region as a magnet for entrepreneurialism and innovation, organizers said.
"There is a lot of great talent out there and exciting ideas coming from some surprising sources," said Mary Ellen Humphrey of the Rochester Office of Economic Development, in a statement. She noted that two of the finalists are college students and one is a high school student.
The competition is organized by the city of Rochester Office of Economic Development and the abi HUB based in Manchester. Bank of New Hampshire is the presenting sponsor.
Other sponsors are SEDC, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, Thompson Investment Casting, Devine Millimet, Albany International, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Tumbledown Farms, Riley Enterprises Inc., Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, Profile Bank, MetroCast Channel 12, Dumont Property Group and HRS Technologies.
For more information, contact the Rochester Office of Economic Development at 335-7522.