Florida NEXT curated a venue at One Spark, the world’s crowdfunding festival featuring creators, inventors and entrepreneurs. We occupied the sixth floor of the SunTrust Building in Jacksonville and drummed up support for more than 30 innovative creators.
Two of our creators got major kudos for their projects. Wazinit? and Black & Denim Apparel, two Tampa-based startups, walked away with tremendous recognition and some prize money. Wazinit? placed second in the technology category and Black & Denim Apparel raised the most crowdfunding dollars out of all creators at the festival.
“One Spark is built to provide a platform that connects great ideas with the funding and launch resources they need to move forward and Florida NEXT shares that passion,” said One Spark Executive Director Joe Sampson. “We’re excited that they not only chose to curate one of our biggest venues at One Spark 2014, but also recruited a standout group of entrepreneurs and innovators to attend and participate.”
WaZINIT? is a mobile app that identifies food ingredients and allergens. Its mobile app will allow smart phone and tablet users to scan products and identify ingredients from the app’s directory.
In the Tech category, WaZINIT was voted second by One Spark attendees and was also chosen separately by the jury to be among the top three Tech Creators.
“One Spark was a lot of work and a lot of fun,” said Wazinit creator Brian Di Vito. “We were able to network with lots of interested people in a variety of positions. It’s hard to describe. We went into the event with the goal of getting users, feedback, and insights from potential customers. We were able to accomplish that, and we’re also excited to be among the top three Tech Creators as voted by both Jury and Crowd.”
Visit them at www.wazinit.com.
“Only 3 percent of apparel sold in the US is manufactured here. Fifty years ago, that was not the case. We want to make that happen again. We want to bring manufacturing back to the US. Why is this important? American craftsmanship is second to none. We have been dictating the trends in design and manufacturing since the industrial revolution. We want to support local communities. That is why we want to have jobs come back to our city of Tampa, Florida. We have been working on this project since March 17, 2008, when the recession hit. We understood that the best way to rebuild America was from the ground up. At the lowest point in modern history, we started working with vendors that were left dry by huge companies for overseas options in manufacturing. We brought to them this idea. They saw the vision and followed our lead. We wanted to create a brand that is as resilient as the American dream.”