In May, SEED SPOT and Univision partnered to search for the next big idea and support local entrepreneurs from the Latino community. With 113 applicants lining up at 6am for the casting call at Univision studios – 20 were selected to participate in a 5-day boot-camp at SEED SPOT from June 1-5.
At the end of the boot-camp on Friday, 3 judges – Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Univision talent Octavio Pulido, and CEO of eMoneyPool Francisco Cervera (a SEED SPOT alumni) – picked 3 to move forward to participate in the SEED SPOT program that will run this fall and culminate with a final pitch at DEMO DAY on December 10th at the Orpheum Theatre.
Israel Medellin: Lucysgarage.com – Connecting car-owners with local, experienced, or off-duty mechanics in a safe, secure, online platform with the intention of increasing connection between talented mechanics and those who need them. The goal is to keep the money local and build a trusted network of mechanic professionals and provide a steady stream of business opportunities to them.
Adriana Grado & Yasmin Tapia: Maingo – A mobile app designed to increase the number of college students that order from and support local restaurants by making it simple for them to order delivery to their dorm room or apartment. Maingo aspires to build a network of college “delivery” drivers that like Uber can turn on/off their ability to pickup and deliver food to their peers while earning extra money and supporting the local economy.
Aditi Madane: Commun.ity – With a mission to build friendlier neighborhoods, Commun.ity is building an online marketplace where individuals can request help for the big and small things in life from other people who live in their neighborhood? Need your lawn mowed? Running late from a meeting and need someone to pickup your dog from the groomer? Commun.ity is the platform to post your needs and for your neighborhood to respond with help.
Alternates:In the event one of the top 3 cannot participate in the SEED SPOT Full-Time Program, this ventures will be pulled up to participate.
Sergio Lopez: Taxi Azida – Solving a problem in the taxi industry to provide educational safety training certifications and accommodations to make it easier, safer, and better for individuals to use local taxi services. Taxi Azida is a nonprofit that provides tools and information that will educate and prepare all drivers with the most needed trust and reputation to partner with the community. Azida.org
SEED SPOT is a nationally leading 501(c)3 organization based in Phoenix with a mission to educate, accelerate, and invest in the dreams of social entrepreneurs. SEED SPOT exclusively supports entrepreneurs building products, services, and technologies that improve lives or communities. For more information visit: www.seedspot.org.