MinuteBids wins CrowdPitch Minneapolis by a landslide

by Mike Bollinger


Six startups gave their four-minute pitch at the second Crowdpitch Minneapolis event hosted yesterday by Rain Source Capital and FundingUniverse, but MinuteBids stole the show.

Crowdpitch is a competition event designed to bring together local tech entrepreneurs, mentors and service providers. Winners receive in-kind services valued at about $4,800.

Jon Coudron, co-founder of MinuteBids, made the pitch. After the event he said, “This was a great experience all around—not only did we get to field some great questions and receive feedback on our pitch, but we were able to walk away with some additional validation that we’ve got a good business.”

MinuteBids is a free service for property owners/managers designed to save them time and money by streamlining the process of obtaining multiple bids from reputable local service providers for property maintenance needs. Think lawn-care, snow removal, painting, carpet cleaning, etc.

At the event, both the audience and the panelists asked post-pitch questions of the presenters and cashed in their “funny money” towards their favorite. Shane Van Cott, Director of Events for FundingUniverse said, “I can tell you it was a landslide. They were at least double the next closest presenter.”  This is momentum-building for MinuteBids, who was also recently announced as a semi-finalist in the MN Cup, an annual statewide business plan competition.

MinuteBids receives the following for their win at Crowdpitch:

  • $2,500 of startup services from FundingUniverse
  • $500 of web services from Amazon
  • 12 hours of financial and accounting services from NOWAdvisors

Rain Source Capital also announced the dates for its 7th annual RAIN Makers Conference today.  On September 23 & 24, 2010, nationally recognized tech investors such Seth Levine of the Foundry Group and Richard Sudek of Tech Coast Angels will be in Minneapolis covering all things Angel Investing.


  • http://twitter.com/peterbeacom Peter Beacom

    CrowdPitch was a great events. Thanks to FundingUniverse for putting it on.

    • http://openswipe.com/ Casey Allen

      I second that. As evident by the 75 or so in attendance there's an interest in this, and the more early stagers present, the more they grow.

      Presenting an early stage idea is a social norm that doesn't flow naturally here. Every step closer helps big.

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    the second Crowdpitch Minneapolis event hosted Thanks

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    CrowdPitch was a great events.