|[February 16, 2017]
Envy Selected as Finalist for SXSW Accelerator Competition
- the first ever visual search and review app launching in San Diego and
Austin March 1 that will make consumers rethink the way they find the
things they love, swiping through images, as opposed to reviews, where
they can call it, map it, or book it - was selected as a finalist in the
Social and Culture category for the ninth annual SXSW
The accelerator is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW (News - Alert)®)
Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) Startup
Village®, where leading startups from around the world showcase some
of the most impressive new tech innovations to a panel of hand-picked
judges and a live audience. Out of the more than 500 companies who
applied to present at SXSW Accelerator, Envy was selected out of 50
finalists in ten different categories and will present alongside five
other companies in the Social and Culture category.
Envy, created by San Diego entrepreneurs Jennifer Cosco and Christopher
Nebel, is a web-based mobile app in which consumers locate and select
products and services by swiping through images. Right if they love it,
left if they don't. They also have the option to view the respective
website, map, phone or booking information directly, read and post
reviews, and establish a following as an influencer, all within one
"The time is now and the world is hungry for a new social media
platform," said Jennifer Cosco, co-founder of Envy. "Gone are he days
when a customer has to scroll through thousands of pictures of
hairstyles in Google (News - Alert) images in the hopes that their stylist can give
them exactly what they want based solely on a picture. With Envy, you
can select the exact hairstyle you want and go directly to the same
stylist who created it. Now imagine if you can do that for not only
hair, but nails, tattoos, plastic surgery, weddings, food."
Cosco said the Accelerator pitch comes at a good time for the app since
it's entering its Series A funding.
The two-day event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Conference and
Festivals, Saturday, March 11 through Sunday, March 12, on the third
floor of the Downtown Austin Hilton. The pitch competition will then
culminate with the SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening,
March 12, where winning startups from each category will be announced
and honored. The Accelerator competition will feature finalists across
the following ten categories: Augmented and Virtual Reality, Enterprise
and Smart Data, Entertainment and Content, Health and Wearables,
Innovative World, Payment and FinTech, Security and Privacy, Social and
Culture, Sports, and Transportation.
"SXSW Accelerator has hosted some of the most innovative startups over
the eight years we've held our competition. These companies have gone on
to capture the attention of investors and leading technology companies
worldwide. 71 percent have received funding in excess of $3.1 billion,
while 14 percent were acquired," said SXSW Accelerator Event Producer
Chris Valentine. "Out of the hundreds of applicants, we have identified
50 finalists to present. Everyone with SXSW Accelerator is proud to
support startups that are on the forefront of solving some of today's
biggest challenges through technology."
For more information about SXSW Accelerator and to view the complete
list of finalists, visit the following site: http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/awards/accelerator.
Located in Carlsbad, Calif., Envy offers a visual search experience
platform for products and services organized by geographical location
combining visual appeal, review, e-commerce and social media. The
company was founded by Jennifer Cosco, a young, driven entrepreneur and
successful business owner within the fitness industry; and Christopher
Nebel, a seasoned digital and brand strategist who created breakthrough
social and digital content and solutions for brands like Sony, Land
Rover, Nike, W Hotels, Mattel, Kraft, ESPN and Herman Miller (News - Alert). Learn more
about Envy here,
or on social -- @findyourenvy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (News - Alert).
Interested small business owners can learn more about registering and
advertising their brand by contacting email@example.com.
Tastemakers, trendsetters and bloggers an become a part of the launch by
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals.
Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference
and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film,
and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global
professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions,
and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most
unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come
together. SXSW 2017 will take place March 10-19, 2017.
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