StartupShoppe launches ‘Minnesota Startup Showcase’ to promote local startups through interactive video

Startup Shoppe Minnesota Startup ShowcaseStartupShoppe Inc. announced today the official launch of  online video application ‘Minnesota Startup Showcase’  built specifically for entrepreneurs to refine, record and spread their message.

With technical aspects already built into the app, StartupShoppe simply collects the executive summary/slide-deck and records a 5-7 minute video of the CEO or founder essentially pitching the venture.  The final product features a single, wide screen video of the startup founder presenting on the left with corresponding slides rotated on the right, above a brief text description and a link to the .pdf executive summary.

The promotional tool aims to help entrepreneurs succinctly tell their story through a personalized medium and back it up with real time supporting documents – all while providing busy stakeholders a quick and interactive means to learn the fundamentals of the business.

“With the slides synced to the video, you can jump back and forth between slides and still get the commentary or color provided on the video where the founder is explaining the points on each particular slide.  It’s both easier and more effective than a traditional video player” said J.C. Gureghian, StartupShoppe’s founder and CEO.

Whereas screencast demos typically focus on the user, Minnesota startups looking for a professional means to articulate and share their business case may spring for the $295 recording/setup fee and $99/month recurring.  While the face to face value of personal meetings cannot (yet) be replaced, those facing logistical challenges may find the greatest value of in ‘Startup Showcase’.

“With the many current fund raising challenges facing early-stage companies, I found that incorporating video into our presentation effectively breathed life into our story and made us stand out. StartupShoppe provided an effective tool for attracting potential investors to help PrepAthlete get to the next level,” said early beta tester and PrepAthlete owner Charlie Kruse.  More recently, John Ballantine delivered BevPost’s pitch in just under five minutes, pitctured below:

BevPost Startup Showcase

While the presentation link can obviously be shared with anyone, anytime – perhaps future evolutions will include the ability to embed the presentation on other sites?

For more information, contact [email protected] or call 763.473.3442.