PacBizTimes – Birdeez Wins UCSB New Venture Competition!

PacficCoastBusinessTimesLogo-300x71Amazing to think won against such a great field of competitors! We’re thrilled that we won the New Venture Competition’s Market Pull category, and happy for the coverage in Pacific Coast Business Times!

In the marketing-oriented category, the $5,000 top winner was Birdeez, a smart phone application that helps bird watchers locate and identify birds then log and share their findings. While the idea sounds fanciful as a business, the judges and audience were persuaded…

“At first we though, Birds? What?” said Mike Panesis, one of the event’s organizers. “But this team impressed us every step of the way, with both their technology and their business.”

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Pacific Coast Business Times – Bird-watching apps and Electric Porsches: Startups Pitch Ideas

PacficCoastBusinessTimesLogo-300x71We advanced to the FINAL of the New Venture Competition! We’re also very excited to be in the Pacific Coast Business Times. Patrick even got his picture in there!

Among the more novel ideas was Birdeez, a smartphone and Web app to help bird watchers identify, log and share their sightings. Patrick Toerner, one of the students behind the idea, notes that “birders” often spend fanatically on binoculars and camera gear – and a full-color bird identification book. “That’s what we’re trying to get rid of,” he said.

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