North Florida’s top 7 startup finalists will compete for a $10,000 grand prize

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) March 05, 2020

For the third year, the Startup Challenge team – a collaboration between Signet LLC, the law firm of Brennan, Manna & Diamond (BMD), and Starter Space – is hosting its annual Shark Tank-style pitch competition on a date yet to be determined at the Adam W. Herbert University Center in Jacksonville.

This year the Startup Challenge, which originated in 2018 in support of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Gainesville, is expanding its footprint by making its debut in Jacksonville, FL on the campus of University of North Florida. Entrepreneurs, students, and investors from throughout North Florida are invited to network with each other and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

After narrowing the field with a review process of four months, the top 7 finalists have been announced:

EaseAlert: Technology to reduce stress and improve efficiency for firefighters

Evren Technologies: Working to advance the treatment of neuropsychological issues through discreet, wearable products that fit into your daily life.

FaceR: Facial recognition solution to unlock doors

Phlex: A device that is revolutionizing the way you train, measure progress, and enjoy every swim.

Podcast Central: A full-service podcast production and consultation company.

Prked: Connects drivers in need of parking with people who have available parking spaces.

Scoot Scoot: A rent-to-own scooter company.

These startup founders will pitch in front of a group of experienced investors to compete for a $10,000 grand prize, $2,500 runner up, $1,500 top student prize, and $250 audience choice award.

This year’s expert panel of judges will include Tony Manna – Signet LLC founder and chairman, Joel Maas – Director of Marketing at Signet LLC, Audrey Wallace – Marketing Strategist at Signet LLC & Entrepreneur, Payal Khurana – Managing Partner of Starter Space, Matthew Jackson – Attorney at BMD, and Darren Jones – Attorney at BMD.


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About Startup Challenge

The Startup Challenge brings together the brightest minds from across North Florida to collaborate and compete for cash prizes and bragging rights as North Florida’s best startup. Learn more at