Sabrina Scandar (c) is announced as the NewME Miami PopUp Accelerator winner. She co-founded Sew Love with her sister Silvia (l). The sisters were ideal candidates to join the 2013 NewME accelerator in Silicon Valley, said CEO of NewME, Angela Benton (r).
South Florida’s Sabrina Scandar got a boost for her new tech startup this week by taking first place in the NewMe Miami pop-up accelerator demo competition.
Scandar partnered with her sister, Silvia, to develop Sew Love, a site that allows amateur designers to turn design concepts into real garments. As part of her prize worth $45,000, Scandar will participate in the 2013 NewME accelerator in Silicon Valley.
“The experience with NewME was really helpful in helping us think through our business and put together a great pitch,” Scandar said. “It was exciting to get exposure to startup companies and see this community really growing.”
Prior to NewME, Scandar was part of the LAB Miami workspace collaboration and had received 265 backers who collectively donated $20,955 on Kickstarter. Scandar said her and her co-founder and sisters’ goal is to develop a clothing line that is “designed by the people, for the people.”
Scandar, 25, has this advice to offer young, female entrepreneurs in South Florida:
“Just do it, go for it. Take risks and ask for help and criticism. There is never going to be the perfect time. The nice thing about being young is that it’s ok to pick up and go and change your plans.”
The event, funded by Knight Foundation, was facilitated by the NewME Accelerator, based in Silicon Valley. This week’s event was NewME’s first outside of the Bay Area and took place at LAB Miami.
In second place, Charleston Malkemus won for an app that aims to “save the world of homebuying.” Gozump provides potential home buyers with an offer engine that allows users to eliminate the need for a broker and name their own price. Carrie Ann Mantha received third place for Indira, a still in prototype bride-to-be website that allows users to buy and customize their dress with gemstone jewelry, gifts and accessories.