SpareFoot, an online self-storage marketplace and provider of Web-marketing tools, won $5,000 for Kure It Cancer Research after claiming the silver medal in an event called Summer Startup Olympics in Austin, Texas. Competitors from eight Austin-area tech startup companies competed in the second-year event, vying for monetary contributions to be donated to charities of their choice.
SpareFoot’s donation will help Kure It further its mission to raise awareness and research dollars for underfunded cancers. Since 2007, Kure It has raised more than $1 million for research.
“We admire SpareFoot’s commitment to Kure It, and their culture of creativity,” said Barry Hoeven, founder of Kure It. “They are an example to other companies that you can give back and have fun while doing it.”
SpareFoot also served as organizer for this year’s Summer Startup Olympics. Events included tug-of-war, basketball, tetherball, relay races and kickball.
BuildASign won the gold medal and will donate its $10,000 prize to Austin Pro Bono, an organization dedicated to connecting skills-based volunteers with nonprofits. Adlucent earned the bronze medal and will donate its $1,624 prize to Austin Pets Alive, a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources, education and programs to eliminate the killing of companion animals.
"The Startup Olympics were the most fun I have ever had raising money for a charity. The competition was intense, but everyone at SpareFoot brought their A-game and had the same goal of winning to raise money and awareness for Kure It,” said Ryan Harmon, SpareFoot sales manager and the company’s reigning tetherball champion. “It was an honor to win $5,000 for such a worthy cause.”
Founded in 2008 and based in Austin, Texas, SpareFoot.com helps consumers find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. The company also provides Web-marketing solutions for storage facility owners and operators including AdNetwork, SiteBuilder and GeoPages.