The winner is… NoWait
May 3, 2011, Contegix is proud to announce NoWait as the winner of our Start-up, Boot-up™ competition. Contegix was a startup not so long ago and we understand the importance of support from other as they are creating momentum around their core offering. This understanding prompted Contegix to design a competition for promising startups.
Dozens of startups that rely on an Internet infrastructure sent in their best ideas and from those, a panel of independent judges chose NoWait.
Enter for your chance to win:
Here’s a chance to get your start-up out of the garage with over $75,000 in servers and development tools!
Some of the greatest start-up ideas were born in a greasy garage or cramped basement. But Start-Up, Boot-Up™ will take one winner out of that environment and put them in a modern office with access to the servers and development tools to take their idea to the next level: reality. It’s an offering worth over $75,000 and includes:
- Free Office Space In St. Louis
- Contegix-Managed Web & Managed Database Server, Upgrades & Unmanaged Development Tools
- Flite Diamond-Level Mobile Subscription & A Meeting With Their CEO & CTO
- CustomWare TrainingRocket High-Impact Professional Training Application On Cloud-Based Platform
- Atlassian Bitbucket Account, Or 10-User JIRA Studio Account Or 100-User Version JIRA, An Espresso Machine & 10 T-Shirts
- Zimbra Email & Collaboration Solution Delivered As A VMWare Virtual Appliance
- BrowserMob Load Testing & Monitoring Plan
- 2 Free Passes To Strange Loop 2011
Our Judges…the brightest minds in the start-up field:
Alex Williams, editor, ReadWriteWeb
Alex Williams is an Editor for ReadWriteWeb. He manages ReadWriteEnterprise and ReadWriteCloud. Alex is old enough to have started his career with a daily newspaper, working a one-man bureau in rural Georgia back in 1989. He has worked as a writer and editor for daily newspapers, magazines and did a year in broadcast as a business anchor. He caught the technology bug back in 1994 and has been obsessed about its implications ever since. Past work includes RWW Winterfest in 2004 and Podcast Hotel, the event he produced that explored the intersection of art and commerce and how digital media affects independent culture. Alex lives in Portland, Or. You can reach Alex via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @alexwilliams.
Jay De Long
Jay directs the RCGA’s efforts to facilitate equity and venture capital, and to foster emerging technology companies to the St. Louis region. Jay works in collaboration with area venture capital firms in identifying and recruiting promising start-up technology companies internally and from other markets, as well as working to recruit additional venture capital funding to the Midwest region. Prior to joining St. Louis RCGA, Jay was President of Active Capital in Irvine, California. He also founded and ran Venture Point, the only strictly high tech, high growth oriented Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in the nationwide network of U.S. SBA sponsored SBDCs.
Prior to starting Venture Point, Jay was Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Orange County Business Council running technical assistance projects supporting tech transfer, defense conversion, equity investing and high growth. Previously, he directed a consortium of U.S. information systems companies (ACIST) in Moscow, Russia for three years. And has directed numerous projects designed to promote international trade, technology development and foreign investment for private corporations and federal agencies.
Jay is a founding board member of the National Orphan Drug Development Center, current Chair of the board for Shalom House, member of the InvestMidwest Venture Forum board and past Chair of the California Venture Forum. He has also founded and/or directed several conferences in life sciences and information technology and has twice chaired the national Corporate Investment and Strategic Alliance Conference. His educational background includes International Business Certificate from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) Glendale, Arizona and bachelor’s degrees in political science and philosophy from Westminster College.
Jennifer Ehlen, interim director, Center for Entrepreurship, SLU
Jennifer Ehlen is a champion of entrepreneurship and private business. As the interim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, she has the privilege of interacting with successful entrepreneurs and business owners on a daily basis. Her team of volunteers, staff, faculty, students and consultants develop entrepreneurs and business owners through the programs and services offered by the Center for Entrepreneurship. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Academic Program annually engage 300+ volunteer entrepreneurs through programs that develop business owners at all stages of development (start-up to sale) and various areas of need.
Jennifer is currently initiating a comprehensive planning period to refresh the mission and strategic direction of the 25-year-old Center. She is also developing the CenterÕs newest large-scale program – the Institute for Private Business (IPB). IPB will assist the growth and vitality of family and other closely held businesses through education of business leaders, access to academic research, and recognition of the contributions of private business to society.
Prior to becoming the interim director, Jennifer was the director of development at the Center for Entrepreneurship, where she spearheaded efforts that resulted in 84 percent growth in fundraising levels in the first two years of her involvement. In this position, she cultivated relationships with friends and alumni to generate fundraising totals of $2M to $3.8M annually as part of a 3-person development team for the John Cook School of Business.
Jennifer has an MBA from Saint Louis University and an undergraduate degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri.
Congratulations to NoWait
Thanks to all of our applicants. And congratulations to our winner, NoWait. View the post announcing the judges decision.
If you have any questions, thoughts or comments regarding Start-up, Boot-Up™, let Heidi Dubrouillet know at Contegix.
Heidi can be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling 877.426.6834 x248
Contegix 2011 Start-Up, Boot Up™ Contest
Official rules, terms and conditions
- Agreement to official rules, terms and conditions
Participation in Start-Up, Boot-Up™ contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules, terms and conditions. Start-Up, Boot-Up™ is sponsored in part by Contegix and other participating sponsors. No purchase necessary to enter Start-Up, Boot-Up™. THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Start-Up, Boot-Up™ contest is only open to legal United States residents eighteen (18) years of age and older. Age and citizenship will be verified at the time of award. Employees, agents, representatives and independent sales representatives of Start-Up, Boot-Up™ sponsors and their immediate family (defined as parents, children, stepchildren, siblings and spouses), together with those persons with whom such employees, agents and representatives are domiciled are not eligible. Entries are limited to one entry per person. All information provided by the participant (“Participant”) must be true and correct or entry will be forfeited.
- To enter
No purchase is necessary to enter Start-Up, Boot-Up™. You may enter online at www.contegix.com/StartupBootup or by mailing a completed official Start-Up, Boot-Up™ application to: Heidi E. Dubrouillet, Contegix, 900 Walnut Street, Suite 110, Saint Louis, MO 63102. All entries must be received by 6PM C.S.T., Monday, April 25, 2011.
Contegix and other Start-Up, Boot-Up™ sponsors and its officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, illegible, or misdirected mail or email, for failed, partial, or garbled computer transmissions or for technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to electronic malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software or by any human error that may occur in the processing of any entries or for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by web site users or tampering or hacking or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Start-Up, Boot-Up™ contest. For purposes of the contest only, every person and every entity providing services or products to the winner as part of the Start-Up, Boot-Up™ contest prize shall be considered a “representative” of Sponsor.
- Contest period
The Contest Period begins Monday, March 14, 2011 and ends Monday, April 25, 2011 6PM C.S.T. The sponsor will award one prize on or before Friday, May 3, 2011. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Start-Up, Boot-Up™ contest at any time, for any reason. All work in connection with the prize awarded will be performed in the state of Missouri, USA as that is where Sponsor’s representatives who or which shall be providing services or products to the Winner as part of the contest prize are physically located.
The entrant selected as the winner (“Winner”) must comply with all of these official rules, terms and conditions. There shall be only one winner selected from the pool of qualified entry submissions. If for any reason a winner cannot be reached after reasonable attempts or the winner is found not to be eligible or in compliance with these official rules, terms and conditions, then an alternative winner may be selected from all remaining entries. The winner grants to sponsor and each of its representatives the world-wide, royalty free, fully paid right to use their name and likeness for advertising, publicity, promotion and any other purpose without any additional compensation. The winner will be encouraged to participate in sponsor’s Start-Up, Boot-Up award ceremony to be held at Contegix national headquarters on 5/20/2011.
- Prizes and odds of winning
One prize will be given away as determined by the sponsor. The prize is detailed more fully on the official Start-Up, Boot-Up™ contest announcement. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received and on sponsor’s or its representatives’ sole determination of the franchiseability of each participant’s concept. No cash or other substitution or transfer of prizes permitted except by sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a different prize of equal or greater value. PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND NEITHER SPONSOR NOR ANY OF ITS REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDE ANY REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, PROMISES OR GUARANTEES, WHETHER IMPLIED OR EXPRESS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REPRESENTATIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A SPECIFIC USE, IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRIZE. Selection will be determined by franchiseability of an applicant’s concept as solely determined by sponsor or its representatives. The winner will be notified by email, telephone, overnight carrier, or regular mail.
- 8. Laws, taxes and release
All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of winner. Return or rejection of any prize or prize notification as undeliverable may result in the disqualification of winner and the selection of an alternate. By accepting these official rules, terms and conditions, PARTICIPANT RELEASES, DISCHARGES AND AGREES TO HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, AND ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND TO PERSON, INCLUDING DEATH, AND TO PROPERTY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF A PRIZE, PARTICIPATION IN ANY CONTEST RELATED ACTIVITY OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST. Entrant agrees that all decisions of the sponsor and its representatives are final and conclusive in all matters relating to the administration of the contest and the determination of winners. Entrant further agrees that (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest, or any prizes awarded, other than the administration of the contest or the determination of winners shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out of pocket costs incurred in entering this contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and each entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses as described above, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, terms and conditions, or the rights and obligations of the Participant and Sponsor in connection with the contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri, without giving any effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Missouri or of any other jurisdiction). Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual or entity it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or web site; to be in violation of these official rules, terms and conditions or the terms and conditions of the web site or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. In the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account used to enter the contest at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the participant and must comply with these official rules, terms and conditions. Authorized account subscriber is deemed to be the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization which is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the email address.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR OR ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES OR AGENTS BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SPONSOR’S OR ANY REPRESENTATIVES’ INTERNET SITE OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL FROM SAID SITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW ALL OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS ON THESE LIMITATIONS.
To obtain the name of the Start-Up, Boot-Up™ contest winner, send a written request along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Contegix Start-Up, Boot-Up, c/o Heidi E. Dubrouillet, 900 Walnut Street, Suite 110, Saint Louis, MO 63102, after May 3, 2011.
The headings and titles of each section of these official rules, terms and conditions are for convenience only and have no effect on the meaning of the content of each section.