Judging the competition were some of Brooklyn’s finest: Jess Schumer, executive director of Friends of the BQX, Charlie O’Donnell, the founder and general partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, John Rapaport, a partner at Cyrus Capital Partners, Natalia Quintero, the managing director of the Tech Transit Lab, and Jason Cahill, the managing partner at Carbon Ventures.
CLIP faced some steep competition. A crowd favorite, SpotOn.Pet, founded by Aparna Srinivasan, made the case for her app, a network of for-hire drivers capable and willing to transport pets. Too often, she said, a typical taxi or ride-hailing service will not allow pets to ride in cars. Helping her case, she brought along her co-CEO, Krishna, a 13-year-old, yellow Lab-Pei mix, who was a crowd pleaser.
White Fox Scooters brought along another crowd pleaser: three of the company’s electric scooters that could be found at various points of the event, zooming around the venue. Founded by Sidd Saxena, the company wants to make the last mile problem a thing of the past. Saxena explained that the company already has contracts with several Brooklyn hotels, and has plans to expand further.