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Three Local Startups Head to Country's Largest Crowdfunding Event

Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 07, 2015
and last updated 2017-05-30 12:45:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Three Tallahassee startups are heading to Jacksonville to take part in one of the biggest crowdfunding events in the country.

"It's a trade show on steroids," said William McCluskey, founder of Proper Channel.

The five-day show is inviting inventors and investors from across the globe right here to the Sunshine State. One Spark will bring thousand of companies to Jacksonville, including three from the Domi Station.

First on the list is Proper Channel.

Created by William McCluskey, this site isn’t just about staying organized. It lets users create and share flow charts with step-by-step instructions on how to do everything from fill out paper work, to getting the best restaurant deals.

"Imagine if anything you started for the first time you could attack it like you were already a trained expert. Things that take you months of learning and training on the suddenly you can start right away with the correct first step,” said McCluskey. "Never having the question how to sign up your kids for medical insurance or Special Ed benefits, just step-by-step instructions for everything in life. I can't wait!"

Also attending One Spark is Optimal Bagging, changing the way you take out the garbage.

Optimal Bagging is bringing garbage front and center, trying to save you some time when it’s time to change the bag.

"You peel off the sticker, and you stick it to the can and now you have endless bags right there at your disposal…it is easy as just pulling the bag," said creator Patrick Breslend.

And lastly, it's Point Catcher, whose founder says they're changing the way businesses relate to their customers.

"We created a universal reward point program and so that means any business who wants a reward point program can sign up and just a matter of minutes have a full-scale reward point program to offer to their customers," said Point Catcher founder Barbara Westcott.

All three of the startups say that the exposure from One Spark could change their companies’ futures, giving people the chance to see and even try out, the potentially next-big thing.

"They're going to be several hundred thousand people there that I can reach out to and hopefully get them to sign on," said Westcott.

McCluskey added: "You know it takes a neighborhood to raise a child, it takes a community to start a business."

One Spark kicks off in Jacksonville on April 7 – 12.

Click the links below to find out more on the three local startups attending:

Proper Channel

Optimal Bagging

Point Catcher