Over the weekend, Spokane hosted its first Startup Weekend Spokane. As a startup ourselves, GreenCupboards is a proud sponsor of the event. Startup Weekend Spokane helps young entrepreneurs develop their business ideas in an intense 48-hour period. GreenCupboards CEO, Josh Neblett, attended Startup Weekend to show his support of SWS and one startup in particular, Barters Closet. Current GreenCupboards employee Connor Simpson and former GreenCupboards web developer Nathaniel Wendt are the master minds behind Barters Closest.
SWS kicked off on Friday, where entrepreneurs had 60 seconds to sell their business ideas to a panel of judges. Only ten business ideas move onto to the next round where the business theory was executed. Barters Closet was picked to move on.
Barters Closet is an online marketplace for people to barter, buy, sell and donate their pre-loved apparel. Barters Closet allows users to create their own storefront profile online and upload clothes for barter, sale, or donation. Creating a storefront profile bartering and donating clothes via Barters Closet is free.
The only cost associated with Barters Closet is the shipping cost during a barter or donation for which the seller is responsible. If a user sells an item online, Barters Closet will take a 15% transaction fee. The idea behind Barters Closet is that everyone gets tired of and outgrows/outslims their clothes, however, not everyone wants to buy new clothes. Barters closet allows people to easily find the finest, most unique, used apparel available for both barter and buy.
The Barters Closet Startup Weekend Spokane Team
Barters Closet enlisted the help of a few extra hands over the weekend to develop the business plan. The team worked on the development of the website, a logo as well as researching demographic, industry, and marketing information. On Sunday evening, teams presented their culminating work in a 5 minute demonstration to a panel of judges. There were three main categories of winners and those are:
Best overall: Spiceologist, a company that allows people to purchase small amounts of spices rather than a full jar for specific recipes.
Best development: Pixel Buddy, a gaming application that allows players to have more interaction with the developers so that the game may be customized to the users requests.
Best user interface and design: Barters Closet
When Connor came into the office today we asked him to tell us about his weekend and he told us:
“It was great, the event exceeded my expectations in every way possible. We got some serious work done and I’m in a much better position to actually start-up now than I was on Friday. I was really happy to see Josh there because without the three years of experience I’ve received while working with him and GreenCupboards I don’t think I would be as confident about online startups. I’m looking forward to keeping in contact with the Barters Closet Startup Weekend Team and progressing the development of the site. And obviously I’m ecstatic that our work paid off with Barters Closet winning best user interface and design.”
Josh congratulated Connor telling him, “Nice job! You now know the importance of a well crafted 60 second elevator pitch, clearly you and Nate won over the crowd and were well prepared for the assignment. I’m excited for you guys. I could tell as the votes were coming in and you were shaking with excitement that you had one of the most critical elements to being a successful entrepreneur… Passion. Don’t lose that.”
Josh is also allowing Connor to use some of GreenCupboard’s extra boxes (staying green) when he is ready to ship his first item.
To keep up with Barters Closet developments check out their Facebook and Twitter.
To watch Connor and Nathaniel give there 60 second elevator pitch click: HERE
Barters Closet's final presentation