When SpareFoot isn’t working hard, we’re playing hard–and on Saturday, Feb. 16, we showed just how hard by winning overall gold at the third biannual Austin Startup Games. While it was a great win for us, we were more excited about the $15,000 donation won for our favorite nonprofit, Kure It Cancer Research–their largest donation of 2013. SpareFoot ended up defeating 15 fellow Austin startup companies in Olympic-style events like Beer Pong, Foosball and Trivia. We may not look like the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, but we sure do try to win like one.
“Congratulations to SpareFoot for making it happen, Kure It certainly appreciates their continuing support,” said Barry Hoeven, self-storage industry veteran and Kure It founder. “$15,000 is worth more than gold to make a difference in finding a cure for under-researched cancers.”
SpareFoot first won $500 for Kure It by taking bronze at the first Winter Startup Games in January 2012, then won an additional $5,000 by securing silver at the Summer Games in June. In steadily working our way up to gold, SpareFoot has also moved up to become a Gold Level sponsor on the Kure It partner roster. This latest win brings our total Startup Games donations to a whopping $20,500, not counting our $2,500 sponsorship of the first ever Storage Olympics at the CSSA Annual Conference in October 2012.
“The Startup Games is an awesome event that really represents the Austin tech scene, combining startups, partying and doing good,” said SpareFoot Founder and CEO Chuck Gordon. “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.”
“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,” added Hoeven.
Collectively, the 16 startups that participated donated 533 pounds (about 480 meals) of food to Capital Area Food Bank. No matter who ended up taking home gold, silver or bronze, it’s results like these that remind us what it truly means to be a tech startup in Austin.
About Kure It:
Kure It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide funding for innovative research projects focused on kidney cancer and other underfunded cancers. Founded by Barry Hoeven after his diagnosis with kidney cancer, Kure It supports research being done at leading institutions across the United States. Please visit our website for more information about our current researchers and their projects