Startup Life: Competing to be named Startup of the Year
Jan 19, 2022
Starting a company is filled with ups and downs. A single day can have you ready to conquer the world one moment and questioning your business plan the next. Which is why it’s important to take the victories where you can get them and allow them to lift you through the tougher times.
For Zungleboo, we were delighted to recently be one of only 100 early-stage companies invited to Tampa, Florida to the annual Startup of the Year Summit for the opportunity to pitch our company to potential investors and judges who will select one of the 100 semi-finalists to name “Startup of the Year.”
(You can also vote for us here for the People's Choice Award, announced during the event! Voting ends January 25, 2022.)
For us, this represents one of the high moments that reinforces that we’re on the right track with our plant-based plates and bowls. A look at the other 99 companies, the judges and investors who attend the event reveals that we’re in very good company. And as you might imagine, a consumer-goods company like ours does stand out a bit among the list of high-tech and health related startups that make up most of the 100 semi-finalists.
A pitch competition like this also helps us get back to our roots and our “Why” as we have to be able to succinctly talk about the company, its vision and products in 3-5 minutes. Putting the pitch deck for the event together was a great exercise for us in reconnecting with our vision.
Yes, the presentation will highlight the market opportunity and our place in the competitive set, but more than that, what I hope comes through anytime we talk about Zungleboo is the passion, purpose and possibility behind our approach to sustainability. That is what gets us out of bed in the morning. It’s our belief that what we’re doing will make a difference, and not just for a potential investor, but for the planet.
Regardless of the outcome of the pitch event in Florida, the opportunity to work on a company that we’ve created from scratch and that is setting out to make tableware more sustainable makes Zungleboo a winner as far as we’re concerned.