On Tuesday, October 23rd, Front Street Managing Director Nick Banks served as a panelist for this year’s Get Started Gainesville event, hosted by Cox Business at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The event allows entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to a group of 5 panelists while competing for over $25,000 in prizes, which includes a $10,000 Cash Prize, Cox Business Services for one year, a full-page feature in Business in Greater Gainesville & 850 Magazine, and a one year membership & promotional package from Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s 5 finalists included Qu Parking, Precision One Health, Inc., Aha Pure Foods, NiekAab Desal, LLC, and Palmetto & Pine. Qu Parking is a peer-to-peer parking platform that allows users to rent out their residential driveways to drivers in need of parking. Precision One Health, Inc. provides medical facilities with a point-of-care patient engagement and health education app platform. Aha Pure Foods is a plant-powered health food company spreading the philosophy that food is the ultimate medicine by replacing artificial ingredients, high levels of sodium, and added sugars with whole foods that are rich with vitamins and minerals. NiekAab Desal, LLC is a sustainable and portable technology that helps communities access drinking, sterilization, and irrigation water and power. Finally, Palmetto & Pine combines a co-work space with on-site child care to allow parents who work from home and care for children a professional work space with a child care component.
The community was invited to the event to enjoy both the competition and a networking reception, which included complimentary cocktails & hors d’oeuvres. Attendees got to weigh in on the competition, as well; guests were able to use their cell phones to vote for a “People’s Choice” winner, which was awarded to Aha Pure Foods.
Aha Pure Foods was also selected by the panelists as the winner of the grand prize.