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ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GiveGab, the giving network, was selected as a semi-finalist in the Social Impact: For-profit category for SXSW Eco's entrepreneurial pitch competition, the Startup Showcase, taking place on October 6-7, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.
The Startup Showcase, now in its third year, is a rapid-fire pitch competition spotlighting innovative early stage companies in the areas of greentech, cleanweb and social impact. Finalists in these categories were selected out of a pool of hundreds of applicants from around the world and will compete at SXSW Eco in front of a live audience and panel of Judges from companies the likes of Target, Shell Technology Ventures, the Whole Planet Foundation, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Sprint. In the past two years, participating companies have gone on to raise over $27M in funding and acquire global brands as clients.
The emcee for the Social Impact category will be William McNulty, cofounder of Team Rubicon, a Finalist from the 2013 Startup Showcase. Judges will include Courtney Bickert (United Nations Foundation); Carey Meyers (The Rockefeller Foundation); Steve Wanta (Whole Planet Foundation); Cody Nystrom (SJF Ventures); Gene Han (Target).
"GiveGab is thrilled to be selected to participate as a semi-finalist in such a prestigious event," said GiveGab CEO Charlie Mulligan. "We look forward to presenting how GiveGab allows organizations and individuals to join a vibrant giving network, share their time and talent, and tell their social good stories to the world."
"Each year, we are honored to spotlight the companies that are offering the most innovative new solutions to our social and environmental challenges," said Carolyn Harrold, SXSW Eco Startup Programming Producer. "This year's finalists were selected out of our most competitive applicant pool yet, and we look forward to the excitement they will bring to the stage and the change they will drive in the coming year."
For a complete list of SXSW Eco Startup presenters, visit the following site:
GiveGab is a social volunteering & giving platform that connects passionate volunteers and good causes to help people share their inspiring service stories with the world. With its web platform and iPhone app, GiveGab makes volunteering easier than ever by helping users identify and sign up for opportunities, track their impact, share photos and reflections from their experiences, and discover new ways to give back to their communities.
GiveGab's Premium Services and Enterprise solutions allow nonprofits, schools and businesses to create in-depth, customizable reports about their volunteer activity and engagement, allowing them to quickly quantify their volunteer programs and better communicate their impact to potential donors and partners. More information is available at www.GiveGab.com.
About SXSW Eco
Now in its fourth year, SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action. The conference takes place October 6-8, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. SXSW Eco is sponsored by Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator, Lagunitas, the Austin Chronicle and KDRP.
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