Five finalists took the stage yesterday to compete in the entrepreneurship competition MobDemo, hosted annually at MobCon, a mobile and digital technology conference based in Minneapolis, Minn.
Each pitch lasted just five minutes. But those five minutes were important. They determined who of the five finalists would leave MobCon having earned the grand prize of $5,000 along with $20,000 in free mobile development from MentorMate and $3,000 in free legal services from Gray Plant Mooty.
And the answer is Tyler Skluzacek, with MyBivy, a wearable and mobile app that use terror-disrupting responses to help PTSD-suffers sleep through the night.
“It’s a great cause, I know a lot of people want to be part of it and support it,” Tyler says.
Aneela Idnani cofounder of Kid Around Town earned second with her mobile solution to increase interactions between parents and children during family interactions.
Founder of The Patchery Amber Gunn Thomas took third with her mobile app designed to open the creative clothing design process to parents and their children without requiring sewing skills.
Tyler attends Macalester College in St. Paul. He has already garnered media coverage at the local and national levels, sporting mentions by Kare-11, the Star Tribune and the Huffington post. He was first inspired to create the app after his father was unable to sleep a full night for five years after serving in the Iraq war.
With the additional funding, Tyler plans to pursue further research partnerships and development. His goal? To make the app available to all PTSD sufferers, not just veterans, his original target audience.
Before the announcement, Aneela and Amber shared how earning a prize would impact their businesses.
Winning a prize validates that people like the idea and need it in their life, Aneela says. “It will help us move faster, get off the ground and build our business.”
For Amber, winning increases the development expertise backing her project. “In any startup environment, the most valuable resources are time and money, winning a prize expands both of them.”
Congratulations to the MobDemo winners! Here’s an interview with Tyler:
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