2014 RVA Startup Weekend Prizes

09/18/2014 | By Ashley Ray

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co

This year's winning teams are going to have to a tough decision deciding which prize they want to choose! We've got a great list of prize sponsors ranging from designers to brand strategists to developers and more...  lots of great talent willing to devote their time and expertise to helping the winning team.

Our judges will choose five teams to take home prizes in the following categories:Prizes!

  1. Grand Prize
  2. Best in Show
  3. Best MVP
  4. Most Likely to Scale
  5. Most Likely to Impact the Local Community

Each team will draw numbers 1-5 and that will be the order they get to pick prizes. The grand prize winner will pick first. Here are the amazing prizes we have lined up this year.


BrandVox™: Messaging Workshop (1/2 Day)

In this custom workshop, you’ll work with a messaging expert to help you craft language that will help you connect with customers, investors, and potential employees. You’ll learn simple and effective techniques for developing a stand-out brand personality that shines in today’s competitive marketplace.

GroundWork Design: 3 Hours of Digital Communication Consultation ($450 Value)

GroundWork Design is offering the winning team 3x 1 hour consultation sessions with Greg Hofbauer, Digital Strategist & Interactive Storyteller. These sessions may include a range of topics from leading your team in a brainstorming exercise to website or application information architecture consulting based on the winning team's needs. Offer valid for up to 3 months after the 2014 RVA Startup Weekend and the first meeting must be scheduled within 30 days.

Nimble Pitch: 3-Month License of Digital Storytelling Platform ($600 Value)

NimblePitch is offering the winning team 3 months use of our award-winning web publishing system. Create highly interactive and engaging websites, minisites, product demos, and more using our cloud-based publisher. This package also includes training on how to use our platform. The NimblePitch® platform consists of three components:   Web Environment - Public/private interactive rich-media websites;  Content Editor - Manage and publish content to web environment; and Insights Dashboard - Review activity as viewers engage with web environment. Offer must be claimed within 30 days after the 2014 RVA Startup Weekend.

804RVA: Coworking Membership for your Team

Coworking at 804RVA is more than having a place to work-- you get to be part of the wolf pack and join our awesome community of startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs.  Choosing this package as a prize will give you 6 months of the best days of your life for you and your team.

Threshold Counsel: Legal Package

-  Forming a business entity

-  Co-owners' operating / shareholder agreement

-  Drafting and discussion of one or two customer or client contracts and vendor or subcontractor agreements

-  Identification of key intellectual property and strategy to clear and protect that IP

(Prize does not include filing fees, applications for protection of IP or working with investor(s) for funding transactions.)

Campfire and Co: Startup Brand Adventure

Let us guide you on the mountainous terrain of startup land!  Our discovery session will chart the course. We will supply your team with our (fun) design questionnaire. From there, we will put together a schematic presentation which explores potential directions for your brand. We will gather examples and inspiration for two potential brand personas and include preliminary logo options, typeface choices, colors and iconography to test these directions.

In our hands-on consultation we will discuss your initial reactions and design preferences. We will listen carefully to your opinions and ideas and recommend next steps.

After this session you will have a direction for your company's identity and can choose to continue the adventure with Campfire & Co. by your side. We will put together a proposal for your specific branding needs. This will include your logo, colors & typefaces, PLUS some sturdy gear for your social media outposts, a handy Brand Guide and business cards for your team.

Lighthouse Labs: Power Networking

Lighthouse Labs offers the opportunity for select introductions to our mentor community to take your idea to the next level.  First, you will sit down with the managing director of the program and determine who can be of help to move your concept forward.  Personal introductions will follow to key founders, mentors and friends in the startup community that you can invite to your personal network of greatness!

One Duck Creative: One Minute Animated Video

A one minute motion-graphics animated video to go along with the script your team develops. The video must be for promoting the winning startup.

Emergent Social Solutions: One Hour Strategy Session

Your one hour strategy session will include:

·      An assessment of your current social media profiles

·      Social media goal setting

·      A discussion about platforms to use

·      Social media strategy development

·      Content plan development

Coshx LabsHalf Day Planning Workshop from Coshx Labs - In this workshop, we dig deep into your primary product goals, and construct prioritized user stories that align the development plan with your product goals. The results from this workshop can be used as an RFP to solicit bids, or as a project plan to build an MVP in a cost effective manner.

Big Spoon: Strategy Ideation

Your team will recieve four hours total of strategy ideation to help you organize your foundational plan moving forward. This will include a one hour initial meeting, followed by two hours' worth of strategic planning on our end and a final hour session to present our ideas to you with a packet of recommendations.

Artup: Photo Session

ArtUp will be providing a one hour photo session to the winning team for use in their promotional materials.

CopyShoppy: "Business Name, Tagline & Available Domain!" contest

CopyShoppy's copywriting community will compete to provide you with a powerful business name, a memorable tagline, and a catchy available domain name to match, setting the foundation for your brands growth all at once. Expect around 30 options to choose from.

Recurve: One Day BrightLine Workshop

Our one-day BrightLine Workshop is aimed at helping the participant create a rapid path to progress. We will guide the participant from goal setting and research to actionable strategy and testing. We will help the winner formulate experiments aimed at solving business challenges and provide an implementation plan and success metrics.

DesignModo: The Bricks Bundle Pack Add-on

The Bricks is a set of user interface components and elements (PSD) united by four add-ons Forms, Elements, E-commerce and Words. Beautiful and clear elements can be easily combined using groupings of similar style elements. The pack contains hundreds of web elements which can be used in a variety of projects.



Best in Show Winner

The team who wins Best in Show will win one copy of the Adobe Creative Cloud (the Complete Plan) for one year! The 2014 release of Creative Cloud includes all-new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro.

The complete plan includes:

  • Latest Photoshop, Illustrator, and more, plus cloud features
  • ProSite portfolio website
  • Typekit desktop and web fonts
  • 20 GB of cloud storage