NYCSW recap: Mentor-backed startups


On Friday, we kicked off Startup Weekend Mobile NYC with Pitch Night (Day 1) at The Lounge @WeWork. We welcomed native and transplant New Yorkers, as well as travelers from Spokane, Montreal, and San Francisco. Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, lawyers, students, consultants, and sixteen year-old powerhouses pitched their best ideas in 60 seconds that eventually led to the formation of a dozen or so new teams.

Some of the proposed ideas include…

…changing the way we fight procrastination. Sharing private wifi networks. Helping people remember names. Booking record studios. Connecting people. Improved Calendars. Better Contact Lists. Tracking auto repairs. Stress-free home improvements. Changing the way we Check-in. Small business funding, and more…

Experienced mentors are extremely helpful when embarking on the journey of building a company and not all mentors are created equal. We carefully curated and invited 16 amazing and experienced mentors from the mobile space (check out their profiles on our website at to coach our teams on Saturday morning (Day 2). Starting with a creative nod to Jay-Z, a New York native and business mogul, the mentoring session led to lots of engaging discussion, brainstorming, and new connections. Check out pictures from our mentoring session in action (taken by Alexis Maindrault of at  

Don’t forget to keep in touch #swmobilenyc and follow us on Twitter @nycsw – Thanks again to all of our mentors and stay tuned for the results of Sunday’s final pitch competition.