SpareFoot, an online marketplace for the self-storage industry, won $23,000 for Kure It Cancer Research by claiming the overall gold medal in the Austin Startup Games in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 25. Competitors from 16 Austin-area startup companies competed in events like beer pong, foosball and Connect 4.
This is the second consecutive year SpareFoot has finished first in the competition. It won $15,000 last year on behalf of Kure It. Including this year’s check, the company has donated $43,500 in Startup Games winnings to the charity, which raises awareness and research dollars for underfunded cancers. Since 2007, Kure It has raised more than $1 million for research.
“By bringing home the gold for the second year in a row, SpareFoot more than doubled its previous contributions to Kure It,” said Karen Jones, director for Kure It. “I was so pleased to be able to attend the games this year and experience the energy and excitement of the day. By far, my favorite part was meeting the SpareFoot employees and getting the chance to thank them for their commitment to Kure It.”
SpareFoot employees won five gold medals and two silver during the 10-event competition. The company finished first in flip cup, CEO mystery event, beer pong, foosball and pop-a-shot. It finished second in Connect 4 and shuffleboard.
“SpareFoot’s incredible team spirit was on display Saturday, when we absolutely dominated the Austin Startup Games,” said CEO Chuck Gordon. “While last year was a close 26-23 victory, this year we pulled ahead and won 31-15. SpareFoot bleeds gold!”
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. With a network of more than 6,500 storage facilities ranging from mom-and-pop operations to real estate investment trusts, the company reaches prospective storage renters though partnerships with brands including SelfStorage.com, Apartments.com and Penske Truck Rental.