Five Nonprofit Organizations Pitch Startups at Tech Summit

imgres-9By LAURA LOREK
Founder of Silicon Hills News

Five nonprofit teams pitched their ventures at the Nonprofit Technology Summit Friday at Rackspace.
The teams went through a 3 Day Startup program at Geekdom to prepare their presentations.
Patrick Currie with Boy With a Ball San Antonio pitched a youth mentorship program to reach young people and transform them to be leaders.
Boy With a Ball San Antonio is seeking $70,000 in seed stage funding, Currie said. It plans to make money by charging companies a $5,000 program fee to train 15 young people to be employees.
Joshua Singer, 16, and Canzhi Ye, 17, two high school students, pitched Apps for Aptitude, which uses mobile phone apps to fight illiteracy.
The company’s first app is Flashcards for a Cause to help students study their course materials. Students provide the content to other students. The market is high school and college students with smartphones, Ye said.
Revenue comes from in-app purchases, Ye said. The company plans to market its apps through teachers and bloggers, he said.
Apps for Aptitude was seeking financial support, additional volunteers, legal support and help with marketing and advertising.
Charles Lewis Blunt pitched RoTenGo, a portable game that is a hybrid of ping-pong and tennis. He is seeking to get the game adopted at companies as well as schools throughout San Antonio.
The game originated in Barbados, Blunt said. It’s called “poor man’s tennis,” he said.
The equipment costs around $3,000 per company and RoTenGo can either train coaches at the company or they can facilitate it, Blunt said.

Five nonprofit teams went through the 3 Day Startup program at Geekdom and then pitched their ventures at the Nonprofit Technology Summit at Rackspace

Five nonprofit teams went through the 3 Day Startup program at Geekdom and then pitched their ventures at the Nonprofit Technology Summit at Rackspace

Gemini Ink “helps people create and share the human story.” The company wants to create a literary lounge café, a community space that serves coffee, beer and wine and focuses on reading and writing, said Evie Reyes, managing director.
Gemini Ink already has a loyal audience of 15,000 annually and creating a literary lounge will allow it to expand its space and readers and writers in San Antonio need a space of their own, she said.
Gemini Ink needs a capital investment of $20,000 and estimates that it can generate net revenue of $19,800 a year.
Potential neighborhood competitors are Madhatters, Halcyon and Starbucks.
“We’re trying to be an art space that is also a café,” said Sheila Black, artistic director.
Lastly, Bob Deschner and Dottie Goodsun pitched Veterans Team Recovery Integrated Immersion Program, known as Vet TRIIP, to provide stress reduction massage services to veterans for free. The company wants to branch out into the corporate world and charge them to bring paid staff into the corporations to conduct massage programs.

Comments

  1. These are incredibly innovative ideas and solutions! I love to see how youth are advancing the current state of nonprofit technology!

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