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FindMine wins New York Techweek’s 2015 pitch competition [Slideshow]

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By Megan Anderle, Editor and Contributing Writer

FindMine, a software-as-a-service platform that uses algorithms and big data to make targeted online shopping recommendations, took first place atTechweek New York’s startup Launch competition on Oct. 16.

Michelle Bacharach, CEO and co-founder of the company, accepted the award. Finalist Pyazza, an online marketplace where users can engage in person-to-person shopping for luxury goods, won the People’s Choice award, which attendees voted on over social media. Other finalists included Macromeasures, Alt Legal and Activartr.

There were 67 startups in Techweek’s launch competition, and 200 founders applied for this year’s event. Last year, Shodogg, which allows users to make presentations using their mobile app as a remote control, won the competition. The company earned $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Judges of the 2015 New York Launch competition included Adam Quinton, founder and CEO of Lucas Point Ventures; Sal Melilli, managing partner of KPMG venture capital practice; Jeffrey Fernandez, CEO and co-founder of Grovo; James Robinson, managing partner of Caerus Investment Partners; and Nisha Dua, principal of BBG Ventures.

Techweek, a leading technology festival that travels to Chicago, Kansas City and other cities, took place in New York from Oct. 12-16. It was the third time the festival came to New York. Each year, dozens of tech startups showcase products to investors, journalists and the general public. The event features hiring fairs, a fashion tech runway show and a number of panels and keynotes throughout the week with speakers such as Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, and Jonah Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed. The festival concludes with a hackathon over the weekend.

Click through the slideshow below to see the finalists on stage and find out more about each startup from this year’s event.

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