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Miami-based CRW, an FIU team, competing in national student startup competition


CRW team members, left to right: Quintel Cummings, Gregory Jean-Baptiste, JC Alvarez, Twaney Harding.

CRW, the winner of 2015’s Startup Weekend Miami- FIU, will compete against 63 other startup teams from around the country for one of eight spots in the Student Startup Madness National Championship.

The startup, formerly known as Headliner, is representing Florida International University in the tournament, competing against startup teams from 37 other colleges and universities. It is the only team from South Florida competing.

CRW is an online crowdfunding platform dedicated to simplifying live-event booking for fans, artists, and venues. It was founded in November 2015. To learn more about CRW, visit http://getcrw.com

The first round of the competition takes place on Gust.com, where angel investors will choose 32 semi-finalists for the second round.

From there, eight finalists – known as the Entrepreneurial Eight – will be chosen to pitch their startup ideas in front of a panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors at the national championship at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas, on March 14, 2016.

Last year’s winning startup team received a $5,000 check and subscriptions to Mattermark, Yesware, and FounderSuite, and cloud hosting services from Rackspace.

For more on Student Startup Madness, visit the website http://studentstartupmadness.com

See previous post about Startup Weekend at FIU here.