On Friday, May 4th at Packard Place in Charlotte, NC, Mike Alt (@michael_alt) delivered his Charlotte Startup Weekend pitch called Harvest Geek. The primary focus of the business is to deliver un-banking to the traditionally un-banked through mobile. Watch his entire pitch: [youtube]http://youtu.be/dR4m0M_QZw0[/youtube]
At the end of the voting period, Mike walked away with the coveted first stage award, the 3M sheet with the name of his startup. Now begins the fun part, convincing other attendees to work on his startup.
Within an hour, Mike and his team members, Harsha Hammika, Andre Davis @cmbillboards, Summer Plum @summerplum, Eric Alt, Laura Mitchell @thepixeldiva, Vinay Maddi, and Harish Yarlagadda, come together to form team Harvest Geek. They jump right in and start the process of turning his business idea into reality and look quite comfortable working together. Their Facebook page is live, they can be found on Twitter and their website lists their mission as follows:
Harvest Geek aims to promote local agricultural efforts by embracing emerging technologies. We are passionate about lessening the burden that our reliance on industrial agriculture places on ourselves and our communities.
Through technology, we hope to empower small-scale localized agricultural endevours by making them more economically viable, while still maintaining a healthy relationship with the environment and the community we live in.
We provide tools to the modern day urban farmer in order to help them succeed. This has the end result in delivering a healthier, better tasting, and more affording product in a sustainable way. Sign up for a beta invite to our community and a chance to win a free prototype for your farm or garden.
Be sure to attend Charlotte Startup Weekend on Sunday, March 6 at Packard Place for the final team demonstrations. This will be each teams chance to present to the attendees and judges in hopes of walking away with a prize:
For the Winner
- From Ben Craig Center, offerings from their business support packages, (up to $2000 value.)
- From BIG Council, 1 year Trailblazer membership ($1000 value.)
- From GitHub, 1 year, Bronze organization package. ($300 value.)
- From Heroku, $300 platform credit
- From Peak 10, a $500 hosting and services package
- From Anderson, Campbell & Associates, a selection of their business support services.
Final Video from Sunday will be uploaded at a later date.
written by Bridget B. Sullivan, Founder & Executive Producer Ignite Charlotte