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Team Movid Wins First Place at Startup Weekend Hartford

Oct 04, 2012
MetroHartford Alliance

News Release
Danielle Cyr | 860.676.4400

Team Movid Wins First Place at Startup Weekend Hartford 

Hartford, Conn. (October 5, 2012) --  The MetroHartford Alliance and its young professionals organization, HYPE, recently hosted Startup Weekend Hartford, which challenged teams to harness their entrepreneurial spirit and develop concepts for startup companies in the health and wellness industry.  The weekend-long event, which convened 62 students, business and medical professionals, and budding entrepreneurs at the Hartford Public Library, was Hartford’s Second Annual and only the second Startup Weekend in the world to focus on the health and wellness sector.

“We received an overwhelmingly positive response to this year’s Startup Weekend and saw a number of creative and viable ideas come to life during the 54-hour competition,” said John Shemo, vice president and director of economic development for the MetroHartford Alliance.

Awards for first place, second place and People's Choice, as well as reSET's Social Enterprise Award - presented by The Walker Group's Chief Executive Officer, Kate Emery - were given.  The winners of Startup Weekend 2012 are:

First Place and People's Choice – Movid, John Farrell (Hartford)

Second Place – eGency, Deepak Vokaliga (Westborough, MA)

reSET Social Enterprise - Farmer's Garden, Maureen Farmer (New Britain)

A follow-up event will take place at the Hartford Public Library on October 10 at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will debrief, review a post-event survey and discuss their efforts to move their business plans forward.

For more information or to register visit

Pictured:  Team Movid, winners of First Place and the People’s Choice Award at Startup Weekend Hartford.  Pictured (left-to-right) are: Mike Carucci, Drew Dawson, Dan Heffernan, John Farrell, Christie Piper and Kim Muravyev.

About MetroHartford Alliance

As the Region’s economic development leader and the City’s Chamber of Commerce, the MetroHartford Alliance ensures that the Hartford Region competes aggressively and successfully for jobs, capital and talent.  An advocate for the continued growth of Hartford and the surrounding Region, the Alliance is actively engaged in executing its four-year strategic plan which builds upon its significant accomplishments over the past four years.  Among the plan’s areas of focus are: fostering a climate for job creation and infrastructure investment; retaining, developing, recruiting and engaging a diverse and talented pool of employees and entrepreneurs; promoting the stability and expansion of specific industry sectors with a link to support small business growth; marketing the Region’s assets to retain and attract businesses; and, ensuring that the Capital City is the dynamic urban core of the region.  For more information, visit the newly redesigned