We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of 2013 Dashfire Launch, Roomva, won the Chicago New Venture Challenge yesterday! Roomva is an online telos (hotel) booking system for Latin American couples. With more than 600 telos profiles, it has gained significant traction in Peru, ranking as the No. 1 Travel/Leisure app in the Peruvian Android market. FarShore was a lead sponsor of Dashfire Launch and continues to support RoomVa’s web and mobile development.
Hosted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, NVC is a quarter-long startup competition involving mentorship from top Chicago entrepreneurs and VCs and culminating in a pitch to judges from around the country. This year, NVC awarded $30,000 each to two first place winners. Roomva shares the top award with SimpleMills, the maker of low-glycemic, paleo- and allergen-friendly baking mixes.