These 8 Startups Are Battling It Out For $75,000 Next Week

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Business Insider’s Startup 2012 conference is next week, and eight startup finalists have been chosen to compete for a $75,000 prize — $25,000 in cash and $50,000 in kind.

Check them out and buy tickets to see them present live:


  • What it is: Launch your own Expedia, AirBnB or HomeAway with BookingMarkets
  • Date founded: September 2011
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Management team: Paige Brown (Cofounder and CEO), Alex Torrenegra (Cofounder and Chairman), Gisella Borja (CTO), Leonardo Suarez (Cofounder and COO), Darell Garbe (Cofounder and VP of Business Development)


  • What it is: An app for credit card terminals to allow small businesses to interact with customers in real time through paperless loyalty programs and social media
  • Date founded: January, 2011
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Management team: Aron Schwarzkopf (CEO), Sebastian Castro (COO), Marty Sirkin (CTO)


  • What it is: A local, social and mobile marketing platform that’s as easy to use as email and puts a local business everywhere it needs to be
  • Date founded: June 2010
  •  Location: New York, NY
  • Management team: David Pachter (CEO and Cofounder), Trevor Sumner (President and Cofounder), Forest Mars (CTO), Adam Green (VP of Finance & Operations)

Omada Health

  • What it is: A web-based program for people with pre-diabetes to reduce the risk they progress into full-blown diabetes
  • Date founded: May 2011
  •  Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Management team: Sean Duffy (Cofounder), Adrian James (Cofounder and President), Andrew DiMichele (Cofounder and CTO), Paula Chang (Director of Design)


  • What it is: A Facebook Credits-based loyalty program that rewards Facebook members for dining and making purchases at favourite restaurants and stores.
  • Date founded: April 2011
  •  Location: Denver, CO
  • Management team: Peter Vogel (Cofounder, Sales and Business Development), Matthew Lord (Cofounder, Product Development and Marketing), Bryan Tyler (IT, Systems Development and Technology Leadership)


  • What it is: A localised web and mobile-based peer to peer lending technology
  • Date founded: N/A
  • Location: Mason, OH
  • Management team: Candace Suzanne Klein (Founder, CEO), Christopher Calvert (COO), Rahul Bawa (CTO), Cheryl Stamm (VP, Sales)


  • What it is:  is a credit card fraud prevention SaaS platform that helps small businesses reduce chargebacks
  • Date founded: April 2011
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Management team: Edward Lin (Cofounder), Rita H Lin (Cofounder), Mark Lin (Cofounder)


  • What it is: A trusted partner network for global trade, connecting buyers and suppliers on a seamless platform for international sourcing
  • Date founded: January 2010
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Management team: Tanjila Islam (CEO, Founder), Ivan Kedrin (CTO), Bhavna Lal (VP, Business Development)

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