Ballston LaunchPad Winners
The Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) hosted the final event of its LaunchPad Challenge on December 4, 2013. Nearly 300 attendees watched as four finalists pitched their innovative business ideas to Ted Leonsis, Aneesh Chopra, Mark Gruhin and Congressman Connolly.
The judges deliberated, and in an exciting turn of events, two winners were each selected to win the $15,000 cash award, office space and furniture in Ballston, and legal assistance from Saul Ewing LLP. The judges were impressed by both challengers, and Ted Leonsis announced that each would take home an awards prize package – and he funded the additional $15,000 cash award personally.
For the past 10 months, contestants have been networking, collaborating and adjusting their business plans for the chance to be considered the next biggest idea in Ballston. The challenge has provided a platform for innovation, creativity and mentorship for all 14 contestants.
“We are thrilled with the results of the competition – both winners have worked so hard and have such brilliant concepts, and I am so happy we have had the opportunity to help them foster their ideas. The Ballston BID is dedicated to our home-grown entrepreneurs, and we consider it an honor to have worked with them,” said Tina Leone, CEO of the Ballston BID.
The two winners, Tiffany Hosey Brown of BuilDatAnalytics and Khurrum Shakir and his team from CarSquare, faced a number of questions, critique and scrutiny from the four judges. The dedication, creativity and drive of the two winners earned them the confidence of the four judges, and a chance to make their ideas a reality in the Ballston community.
Meet the Winners
The Simplest Way to Search for an Automobile!
Car Square is revolutionizing the online vehicle search process, by displaying millions of new, used and leased vehicle listings from multiple auto sites side-by-side in ONE place. We eliminate the headache of searching multiple auto sites for the same vehicle over and over again.
“Search One Search All”
Khurrum Shakir: Founder and President
Abdul-Malik: Chief UI Designer
Hassan Al Harethi: Chief Architect
Ronald Fraser: Chief Engineer
Phil Howard: VP Business Development and Operations
Steve Malley: Director of Sales
Mikah Sellers: Chief Marketing Officer & interim CTO
BuilDatAnalytics is a business analytics and information management company for the construction industry. Using our proprietary software solution, CTBIM, a SaaS cloud based platform, we customize a construction database for each project that provides information to and gathers information from construction field crews in real-time. BuilDatAnalytics empowers owners, construction managers and general contractors to create their own analytics from recorded field activities to better understand current realities and predict future states.
Founder- Tiffany Hosey Brown
The LaunchPad Finale