The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in San Diego was a smashing success, with over 1,000 people in attendance, a few dozen sponsors and around 20 companies competing for the top prize.
But alas, the winner was Pharmly who walks away with a spot in the TC Disrupt Startup Alley. But Pharmly wasn’t the only one going home with a prize that night.
Out of the 22 companies that competed, three took home awards for excellent pitching skills.
The pharmaceutical marketplace liaison Pharmly took home first place prize, while Price Patrol got second place and Lecture Bin walked away with the audience choice award.
Price Patrol is an app that lets you mark down the products you want, how much you’re willing to pay, and how far you’re willing to travel and then automatically pings you when your criteria is met.
Meanwhile, Lecture Bin is a service that allows universities to record and stream lectures to the internet for free, while employers are charged to run highly targeted job postings alongside those lectures.
The San Diego startup scene is a growing one, with companies branching out of the bio-tech world and into brand new arenas, like social and peer-to-peer markets. We learned a lot from them, most notably that a healthy work/life balance can actually boost productivity and make for a much happier company culture.
The San Diego Meetup + Pitch-Off couldn’t have gone better, and we can’t wait to see these companies show their stuff at Disrupt SF in September.