Hamptons Entrepreneurs Win 25,000 Start-up Funding



Five finalists compete at i-hamptons’ Riptide: $ink or $wim event

Last Saturday, November 25, i-hamptons hosted its last event of the year, a “Shark Tank” inspired start-up pitch competition.  The event drew a standing room only crowd at the Southampton Arts Center. Southampton Mayor Michael Irving was the guest of honor and local celebrity entrepreneur Kathleen King, founder of nationally known Tate’s Bake Shop, was one of four panelists who selected TOTE TAXI as the first prize winner. An enthusiastic participating audience voted for the second award winner – FIVE NORTH CHOCOLATE.  The other Riptide panelists, entrepreneurs Bion Bartning, founder of EOS Products, David Bohnett, founder of Geocities and Jeff Brodish, partner at Centripetal Capital - are all investors in early stage start-ups.

Congratulations to winners, Daniella Candela, founder of Tote Taxi (an app for the convenient/hassle free delivery service bringing bags to and from the Hamptons) and Ben Conard, founder of Five North Chocolate (healthy, fair trade dark chocolate snacks), who won $15,000 and $10,000 start-up funding respectively. All finalists will receive valuable support and mentoring from the experienced panel of judges. 

“Your event proved to be successful, inspiring, encouraging and fun!”  said King.  “I am so grateful to have i-hamptons in our community, contributing to help others achieve their dreams.  There is an underbelly of amazing people making things happen and supporting each other.” 

Twenty local entrepreneurs submitted new business ideas that were presented in videos on the               i-hamptons website.  These generated more than 3, 000 online votes in the two-week period before the event.   The three other local finalist start-ups were Premex (digital media focused on luxury advertising), Doc Power (green energy generator) and Sweet Vineyards (wine-infused biscotti). 

Ashley Heather, Riptide MC and founder of i-hamptons, talked about what’s next.  “ i-hamptons is just getting started on its mission to connect all the local innovators and start-ups, providing a platform of services to help accelerate their growth.  Saturday’s Riptide event demonstrated that the East End is alive with entrepreneurial spirit and we look forward to seeing the community grow in the coming few years!” 

He invited people to check out i-hamptons’ new co-working space and innovation lab – The Spur – when it opens in January at the Southampton Social Club. Scott Lewis and Tom Simko shall be part of the co-working space, since they were semifinalists. Depress this button for a direct link to their entry <SEMIFINALS>.

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