SpareFoot, an online marketplace that streamlines the rental process for self-storage customers, won $15,000 for Kure It Cancer Research after claiming the gold medal in the third bi-annual Austin Startup Games in Austin, Texas. Competitors from 15 Austin-area startup companies competed in events like beer pong, foosball and trivia.
SpareFoot’s winning performance comes on the heels of a second-place finish in June 2012 and a third-place finish in January 2012 at previous Startup Games events. Those performances resulted in $5,500 in donations for Kure It.
The $15,000 donation is Kure It’s largest this year and will help the organization further its mission to raise awareness and research dollars for underfunded cancers. Since 2007, Kure It has raised more than $1 million for research.
"Congratulations to SpareFoot for making it happen. Kure It certainly appreciates their continuing support,” said Barry Hoeven, a self-storage industry veteran who founded Kure It. “$15,000 is worth more than gold to make a difference in finding a cure for under-researched cancers. And we’re proud to be associated with an event that brings some of Austin’s most talented young people together to make an impact on the world.”
With its latest donation, SpareFoot is now a Gold Level sponsor on the Kure It partner roster. The company has won a total of $20,500 in Startup Games donations.
“The Startup Games is an awesome event that really represents the Austin tech scene, combining startups, partying and doing good,” said Chuck Gordon, SpareFoot CEO. “Kure It and their mission mean a lot to us, so I was thrilled to share the news of our gold medal win with Barry and learn what an impact we’re making with our donations.”
Founded in 2008, 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.