Local tech startups to compete at Nashville business pitch

Good Done Great’s partners are David Barach (left) and Earl Bridges.

Two Charleston-based technology startups will be competing with other early-stage companies from around the Southeast in a business pitch contest.

Echovate and Good Done Great made the final round of Southern Series, according to a statement from SCRA Technology Ventures.

The final competition will be held in Nashville in June. Up to 36 companies will compete for $36,000 and other prizes.

Echovate crunched data to help companies make hiring decisions. It is based in the Charleston Digital Corridor’s Flagship incubator near East Bay and Calhoun streets on the peninsula.

Good Done Great specializes in technology that helps businesses and individuals with corporate giving and other forms of social outreach. Its local office is at 1316 Rutledge Ave. on the upper peninsula.

Both qualified at an earlier competition in Columbia. The companies are part of SCRA’s SC Launch program.

The Southern Series competition is part of 36/86, under Launch Tennessee. It seeks to identify promising technology entrepreneurs around the Southeast. The numbers represent Nashville’s map coordinates.

Local startup Zubie has struck a deal with retailer AutoNation that enables the car dealer’s customers to have Zubie’s vehicle-monitoring device installed for free.

The technology analyzes the engine, battery and other parts of an automobile. If the user chooses, that data can be sent to a servicer such as AutoNation, which in turn can then notify the operator when a vehicle needs to be brought in for repairs or routine maintenance.

“The promise to the end user is if I, AutoNation, know what’s happening in real time about your car from a diagnostic perspective, we can better help you maintain that car,” Zubie CEO Tim Kelly said.

Users would have to let AutoNation have access to their data and have the choice as to whether or not to install the technology, Kelly said in an email.

“Zubie’s solution will help improve relationships between AutoNation and our customers by giving them a source of information about the service needs of their vehicles,” Allan Stejskal, corporate information officer at AutoNation, said in a statement.

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based AutoNation operates 282 new and used car dealerships in 15 states. None is in South Carolina.

Mount Pleasant-based Zubie also sells an app that relays information about a car’s performance to the driver.

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