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Phoenix Incubator SEED SPOT Giving Free Help to Smart City App Hack Finalists Phoenix Incubator SEED SPOT Giving Free Help to Smart City App Hack Finalists <div class="ExternalClass4B4789751D574201A73B5BAF1B797172"><p>​Phoenix-based incubator and accelerator SEED SPOT has stepped up to guide the five area finalists in the first annual Phoenix Smart City App Hack (PSCAH), an international competition to promote development of civic-focused mobile or web-based apps.<br><br>The free assistance from SEED SPOT was made possible by a public private partnership between the accelerator and the city of Phoenix. The partnership gives the five contest finalists access to professional guidance and technical assistance to help them fully develop their concepts for the contest and the marketplace.<br><br>The five finalists are ParkX, Synergy AZ, HER, Bloodhound, and Bus Plus. The winner will be announced at the City Finale in October. The winner will earn the right to represent Phoenix at the international competition at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona in November. The five finalists were chosen this month by a panel of local leaders and industry experts. Details on the finalists are available on the city website at: <a href="/news/district3/917">phoenix.gov/news/district3/917</a>.</p><p>“With local entrepreneurs and experts advising our five finalists, we’ll be able to proudly say that the winner representing Phoenix in Barcelona truly is a reflection of the vast and growing pool of local talent,” said Councilman Bill Gates. “It’s public private partnerships like these that help provide the skills and support needed to create successes.”<br><br>"SEED SPOT has been committed to building an innovative ecosystem for community-minded entrepreneurs, and this is a perfect example of what they do so well,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “SEED SPOT is paying forward their success and insights to a new group of entrepreneurs, one of which will represent Phoenix in Barcelona with an app idea that makes our community stronger and more cohesive.”<br><br>“The partnership between the App Hack finalists and SEED SPOT is an exciting collaboration that demonstrates that Phoenix is becoming the most generous community for entrepreneurs,” Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela said. “Entrepreneurs with drive and vision can fuel their dreams right here in Phoenix with all home-grown resources and talent.”<br><br>Each finalist has been given free admission to SEED SPOT’s Evening Program for entrepreneurs that have great ideas they want to bring to life. During the Evening Program, entrepreneurs have access to a top tier curriculum, SEED SPOT experts, and mentoring sessions that help them launch their dreams. More information is available online at: <a href="http://www.seedspot.org/">seedspot.org</a>. The finalists were honored and celebrated at a kickoff party on Sept. 9 at Monorchid, 214 E. Roosevelt. St.<br><br>“At SEED SPOT, we believe in the dreams of local entrepreneurs; those with big, bold, ideas that make our community stronger.  We are excited to partner with the city of Phoenix to support the first annual Phoenix Smart City App Hack,” said Director of Development Tabitha Branscome. “This competition showcases how we can empower our community to create positive change through entrepreneurship.”</p></div>9/10/2015 6:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405