Two business ideas that emerged from Wichita's Startup Weekend are moving on to a global competition.

Pandandy, a website designed to help busy people create meals using ingredients they have in their cupboards, won the judges choice award during this weekend's event at the Labor Party. Team members were Mark Earnest, Tanner Giffin, Jason Newman and Tad Williams.

Cypher, a business plan that centers on creating interchangeable parts for eyeglasses, was selected as the community choice winner following a vote of all of the Startup Wichita participants. Team members were Pedro Figueroa, Dominic Greene, John Ho, Kenny Ma, Truc Quach, Monserrat Rios and Jaime Segura.

Startup Weekend brought together developers, designers and business experts to gather and pitch business ideas on Friday night. Teams formed around the top ideas and worked through the weekend on building business plans, prototypes and other aspects of a startup. Groups presented their businesses to judges on Sunday evening.

The judges were Bryan Frye of the Wichita City Council; Jamie Tabor, CEO and creator of Chicken Poop; and Mark Torline, director of the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship.

Kristyn Smith, who is in her second year as the lead organizer for Startup Weekend and a senior designer at Baseline Creative, an event sponsor, says the event drew 46 participants. That helped make this one of the larger Startup Weekend events locally.

Toasted, a British-themed board drinking game featuring a pub crawl, finished second in the judges choice voting. Team members were Adrian Fox, Jason Martin, Carlos Palomino, Cody Saunders and Gina Stevenson. BrightWeb, a social media network that helps connect people with intellectual disabilities and their care providers to various resources, was third. Team members were Emily Behlmann and Harsh Oza.

An increase in corporate sponsorship and word-of-mouth and social media marketing helped to raise awareness about Startup Weekend locally, Smith says.

Five business concepts emerged from an April event, including a smart outlet maker, an app that matches people with personal trainers, a platform that connects women for peer-to-peer mentoring, a community hub website and a software platform for nonprofit boards.

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Kristyn Smith on 18 November 2015
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