On May 19, Ideal Labs (formerly Ideal Incubator) hosted the excellent finale of the LaunchPad Season 2 competition, better known as LaunchPad Demo Day.
LaunchPad Demo Day was the culmination of months of effort. Companies applied in January; the LaunchPad team shortlisted the teams to 20 in March; the shortlisted teams met with mentors in April; 4 businesses dropped out; and refined their pitches leading up to last night.
In this finale, 16 startups shared their businesses and stories with the event attendees, who in turn voted on which 8 companies would hit the stage to do their pitches.
These are the teams that came to Demo Day:
Congratulations to all of the teams for jobs well done, and an extra shout-out to Oneiric, X-Matik, and Emerge winning the top 3 prizes. Some photos are here (and Ideal Labs will be producing a TV show about the activities leading up to Demo Day and what happened at Demo Day, to come out later this year).
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