Recovery Station's MVP
Recovery Station’s MVP

If you were at Open Coffee this week, you learned a lot about Recovery Station, the sports recovery beverage dispenser company that won Startup Weekend Lexington last weekend.

If you missed Open Coffee, here’s a recap of how the Louisville team won the event.

This week, they’re competing with over six hundred of other Startup Weekend winners from around the world for a $20,000 in match funding first prize awarded by Google for Entrepreneurs and a number of other impressive prizes.

From the website:

The Champion’s Circle represents the best of the best of Startup Weekend! The top 2 teams from each Startup Weekend that happens during Global Startup Battle are eligible to join this elite circle. The teams will then battle it out, with Google for Entrepreneurs providing prizes including matched funds for money you raise through a crowd-funded campaign, a trip to Google’s headquarters, and opportunities to get mentored by A-list entrepreneurs.

Each team submits a one minute pitch video that is then voted on by the public. The top fifteen vote-earners are then judged by a team of tech notables including Steve Case, founder of AOL, and David Cohen, founder of Tech Stars.

Here’s Recovery Station’s pitch.

The problem with contests like this is that it really isn’t the best ideas that bubble to the top.  Who’s going to watch even a fraction of the 600 one-minute pitches, right? It’s really about who can rally followers.

Ben King, Dan Johnsen and Charles Buddeke of Recovery Station photo by Cheryl Boyd
Ben King, Dan Johnsen and Charles Buddeke of Recovery Station photo by Cheryl Boyd

Zack Pennington of USChia told us at Open Coffee that the Republic of China created a commercial asking people to vote for a Chinese team one year.

When Louisville entrepreneurs look good, Louisville looks good, so it would be great to see Recovery Station make a good go of it.

You can vote once daily until Dec. 6. Vote for Recovery Station here. You have to register with your town and email address.  The site is not mobile-friendly.

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