Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe and Broker Savant’s Todd Wyder organized the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge. It’s the opposite of a business plan competition. Instead of creating huge documents and proformas based on assumptions, contestants spend ten weeks making meaningful progress on their business based on real market feedback.

146 startups answered the call, and entered “The Challenge”. The teams have spent 10 weeks running experiments validating their business models and building their companies.

Out of this group, they’ve picked the four leanest, meanest startups to tell their story and pitch our judges for $75,000 in cash and prizes. This is the video.

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