Vote Now For the First Winner of the VentureFizz Spark Award!
Last week, we told you all about the Spark Award, our new initiative to recognize the companies that people are talking about in the New York tech ecosystem.
We opened it up for nominations, and you most certainly delivered! You came up with a number of companies all worthy of recognition, and from your list, we came up with five companies to compete for the chance to become the first winner of the VentureFizz Spark Award!
Those companies are: Bowery Farming, Mineful, Rally, SevenRooms, and SPARK Neuro.
You can vote using the form below. Voting ends Friday, 11/16, at 5 p.m. ET.
Additional info about each company is provided below.
Bowery is the modern farming company growing the purest produce imaginable.
Nomination Note: "Bowery launched in 2017 and began with the fundamental belief that technology applied at scale can solve difficult and important global problems. This Fall, Bowery opened the most technologically-sophisticated commercial indoor farm in the world in order to address the challenges facing our future food supply. The new farm leverages Bowery’s proprietary technology to create the most automated and precisely-controlled conditions that enable the company to more efficiently grow the highest quality produce while addressing the needs of an ever-increasing population."
Mineful is a B2B SaaS product that enables web applications, developers, and sites to monetize users by utilizing their unused computing power to generate cryptocurrency.
Nomination Note" They are creating a completely revolutionary form of payment—one's spare computing power. Mineful takes excess computing power on your laptop/desktop/etc. and uses it to mine cryptocurrency. This is then used pay for premium services (e.g. Spotify Premium, Slack, etc.). In sum, Mineful is attempting to create the world's largest decentralized computer while providing one of many people's first touch-points with cryptocurrency.
Rally is crowd-powered travel. Their technology connects people who are going to the same place, then delivers high-end buses to get them there and back.
Nomination Note: "They disrupted the charter bus industry and have become the "Uber of buses" by connecting thousands of riders traveling to the same destination. Fun fact: They transported over 50,000 people to DC for the Women’s March."
From neighborhood restaurants to international, multi-concept hospitality groups, SevenRooms empowers operators to create and cultivate the meaningful, direct relationships with guests that make exceptional experiences possible.
Nomination Note: "As a leader in the restaurant technology sector for seven years, SevenRooms has tirelessly built operator-first tools that make better service easier. Their best-in-class reservation, seating and guest management platform enables operators to create and cultivate meaningful, direct relationships with guests that make exceptional experiences possible. In 2.5 years, the company has scaled from 20 to over 80 employees in New York, raising $8 million in a Series A round lead by Comcast Ventures in December 2017. Most recently, the company announced funding from Amazon's Alexa Fund, in addition to securing partnerships with Google, Instagram and Tripadvisor over the last year."
SPARK Neuro is an applied neuroscience company revolutionizing the evaluation of audience engagement in advertising and entertainment.
Nomination Note: "Their neuroscience-powered technology is super cool, and I think it has the power to change how we approach audience engagement in the future."
Alexander Culafi is a Staff Writer at VentureFizz. He also edits and produces The VentureFizz Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @culafia.