Michael Hartman was asked to be one of the judges on the final panel for Lexington Startup Weekend. The panel also included Drew Curtis of Fark.com, Rick Miller from the Bluegrass Angels Managing Board, and Dr. Bruce Walcott from the UK School of Engineering.
Lexington Startup Weekend is part a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
By the final round, 9 companies remained and they had 5 minutes to give their final pitch while also showing off the latest version of their company or product. The judges deliberately extensively before selecting GiftPool as the Lexington winner. GiftPool will represent Lexington in the 2012 Global Startup Battle.