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Fast Pitch Alumni Update: FindProz and Food N’ Me

Posted by Will Poole

 This week I asked each of our two Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP) alumni for a quick update on progress since receiving our investments in November.  Here’s what they had to say:

dave-owenDave Owen, Co-Founder and CEO of FindProz, says: “SIFP was the turning point for our company, enabling us to raise additional funding and form the long-term mentoring partnerships we needed to fill some important gaps in our business plan. In September we released a web application to support our member-entrepreneurs by advertising their services through local affiliate businesses. In the last few months our user base has tripled and we are catching the attention of some large corporate partners. We recently debuted our web application at the NAMM show in Anaheim, and since then we have achieved significant progress in the music industry advertising musicians and other service providers through music retailers and recording studios. In the coming months we will have active initiatives in communities around Puget Sound to strengthen local economies by creating networks of referral relationships between small business owners.”

frederik-dewulfFrederik DeWulf, Co-Founder and CEO of Food N’ Me, says: “Thanks to the SIFP investment, Food N’ Me has focussed on its plan to gain traction with customers through its first mobile game for the iPad. And, Food N’ Me recently submitted its first iPad game to Apple. Food N’ Me has also developed a solid launch plan for ‘Smash Your Food,’ working with the best PR firms in the family app field. This will be followed by an online media campaign to the 84MM unique users of WebMD, Food N’ Me’s partner. Food N’ Me is building the first version of its proprietary personalization engine. On February 9th, Smash Your Food was launched as an interactive touch screen kiosk in the Yale Peabody Museum’s Big Food exhibit. Food N’ Me has been creating a 10 foot tall real life replica of Smash Your Food with the Toledo Science Museum, this to open on April 4th as part of their Eat It Up permanent exhibit. In addition, Food N’ Me is developing iBooks as a companion to the game, to reach the educational market, one of its core target channels.”

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