Drytunes wins Cox Business and Inc. Magazine's Get Started NOLA pitch competition


NEW ORLEANS, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Drytunes, the waterproof wireless speaker with internal dry storage, won the Get Started NOLA pitch competition hosted by Cox Business and Inc. Magazine. The event took place live during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week last Wednesday night, March 25 and featured five finalists that were selected from over 40 businesses that applied to pitch. 

Drytunes wins Get Started NOLA and accepts the check with Inc.'s Kris Frieswick, Voodoo Venture's Chris Schultz, Fleurty Girl's Lauren Thom and Cox Business' Steve Rowley.

Drytunes is a waterproof, high-fidelity wireless speaker with safe and secure internal dry storage. The speaker is designed to be played closed with more than 400 cubic inches of internal dry storage to keep phones, cameras, tablets, wallets, keys, and other valuables completely dry while enjoying their music in any environment. It floats with the lid facing up or down, and can be controlled wirelessly by any Bluetooth-enabled device or by non-Bluetooth enabled devices via an internal auxiliary input.  With the Bluetooth-enabled device safely protected inside, it can be controlled by a magnetic stylus while remaining closed (and totally waterproof).

Drytunes presented a two and a half minute verbal pitch and answered questions from a panel of expert judges, ultimately taking first place, $10,000 in cash and services from Cox Business and $950 in public relations services from AR|PR.  Expert judges for the competition included Lauren Thom, founder & CEO of Fleurty Girl; Kris Frieswick, senior editor at Inc. Magazine; Chris Schultz, founder of VooDoo Ventures and Steve Rowley, senior vice president of Cox Business.

Drytunes won based on the company's innovation, ease of implementation and benefit to the community. 

Get Started NOLA was the eleventh event in the "Get Started" series from Cox Business and Inc. magazine. Winners of recent Get Started events include the following companies: ScanMed QR in Get Started Oklahoma City, Fusion Cross-Media in Get Started Connecticut, Post-Op Top and Eva Smart Shower in Get Started Orange County, Care Technology, LLC in Get Started Rhode Island, Travefy in Get Started Omaha, Scraps on Scraps in Get Started Tucson, Feedback LLC in Get Started NOVA, EM Shield in Las Vegas and Food 4 Good in Rhode Island

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity nine times, including the last eight years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 7,000,000 today.  For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, is the annual festival celebrating business, innovation, and advanced thinking in New Orleans. Produced by The Idea Village, NOEW engages a dynamic global to support growing companies and elevate entrepreneurial successes through eight days of discussion, debate, education, competition, and celebration. This year, NOEW 2015 took place March 20-27, 2015. For more information: www.NOEW.org

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SOURCE Cox Business

For further information: Jessica Rossi, (404) 269-7391, jessica.rossi@cox.com


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