Plants Map Wins 2014 Made in FredVA

by | Oct 22, 2015 | Business

(R to L) Bill Blevins, co-founder and COO of Plants Map, receives the Made in FredVA $10,000 top prize from Sameer Shalaby, managing partner, Select Venture Partner LLC, one of the judges.

Plants Map, a mobile friendly, social gardening website, was the top winner in the 2014 Made in FredVA business startup competition. Co-Founder and COO Bill Blevins pitched the business to a panel of four local entrepreneurs serving as judges. He won the $10,000 grand prize.

Annie Tremper won the People’s Choice award with Eternity Blooms, a business offering seed balls made of flower seeds, soil and ashes of loved ones, to create a beautiful planted tribute. 
She received a $500 prize.

Plants Map allows individuals and organizations to create a webpage for each of their plants, including photos, notes, growing information and links to favorite reference pages and videos. It’s not an app, so there’s nothing to download. Bill’s team members are wife Tracy Blevins, co-founder and CEO, Chris Muldrow, co-founder & CTO, and Nick Cadwallender, senior vice president for Strategic Partnerships.

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The three other finalists were David Fraser of Fraser Wood Elements, Sarah Perry of Living Soil and Dave Ellis of BYOB Garage.

The four judges were Adam Fried, CEO of Atlantic Builders Ltd., Joy Crump, executive chef and partner at Foode, Abbas Haider, CEO and president of Aspetto Inc., and Sameer Shalaby, managing partner of Select Venture Partner LLC.

The Next Generation of Business Leaders, an affiliate of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, organizes Made in FredVA, which is patterned after ABC television’s popular “Shark Tank.”

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