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Twitter tool winner of Startup Weekend event

November 15, 2010

StatsSquared, a Twitter analytics tool, came away victorious as the winner of Startup Weekend, an event that attracted about 60 entrepreneurs vying for the chance to compete in a global competition.

The Nov. 12-14 session at Purdue University’s technology center near Indianapolis International Airport was one of many such competitions held around the world.

Both Purdue and Indiana University have hosted Startup Weekend before. What was different about this year's session for local participants is that the weekend culminated on Sunday with a panel of judges selecting a winning company.

StatsSquared now will compete against other winners from cities worldwide in an online contest for the overall top prize.

Several other startups competed in Indianapolis:

— EatDrinkIt, a mobile application that rates restaurant dishes;

— Scygle, an academic cross-referencing database;

— WaitMait, an application to make taking orders in restaurants faster and easier for waiters, cooks and customers;

— Likedity, a social network to help users locate people with similar interests;

— NoteSee, a system for aggregating conference notes;

— GnomadDesk, a portable laptop desk that attaches to roller bags.  GnomadDesk was the only physical product competing.

More about the competing companies can be found here.

StatsSquared is expected to create a 60-second video summarizing its idea and submit it within 24 hours of the end of the Indianapolis competition. The video, along with those from winners in other cities, will be posted at www.startupweekend.org.

Startup Weekend coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week on Nov. 15-21.
 

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