Where are you from originally?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
What university did you go to?
University of Oklahoma
Where are you based?
We are based in Dallas (Frisco) Texas
What is your group’s mission?
The CodeLaunch mission is to offer a venue for embryonic stage ideas to get funded and launched as a service to the entrepreneurship community.
What need does it fulfill?
CodeLaunch is an embryonic technology startup funding and investment venue. We invite the general public to bring their “app ideas”, line-of-business concepts and other ideas that could benefit from software development services to compete for an invitation to our annual event in August. We get people funding and investment in their startup ideas.
What exactly does it bring to startups?
The “overall winner” of Pitch Day gets investment from the software development services company that produces the event, Code Authority Custom Software. In short – they get a partner, not a vendor. They can get their app built for free.
There are many other benefits, awards, and ways to benefit, as well as representatives from Angel groups and VC at the event and networking reception which follows. Competitors can potentially be funded even if they are not the “Overall Winner”.
What type of startup would benefit from your group? Any Embyonic Stage, or Early Stage software technology dependent startup.
What was the most challenging aspect of starting up the initiative?
This is CodeLaunch’s 4th year. We have started 4 companies in the last three years. We have provided over a 1000 hours of expensive labor for free to the various benefactors. But the most challenging aspect is getting people to know this avenue exists and is credible.
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Have the guts and mental toughness to get back up every time you get knocked down when working on your startup ideas.
How can one get involved with Codelaunch?
We are accepting applications on our website through May 31, 2014. The finalists’ Pitch Day event: August 21, 2014 Frisco TX @ NTEC 2:45-5pm, with networking reception follows.
CodeLaunch is produced for the benefit of the startup community by Code Authority Custom Software and a group of sponsors and partners. www.codeauthority.com.