On March 8, 2017, 12 of the hottest southern California startups took the stage to deliver a 60 second pitch at the 2nd Annual Tech Coast Angels‘ Celebration of Entrepreneurship event held at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Judges based scores on presentation and fundability. Prizes were awarded for Best Overall, Best Presentation, and Most Fundable.
FunBand was one of the audience favorites and won Best Presentation. FunBand has developed FunLoop, a wristband and an app using the latest technology to help parents keep track of their kids in amusement parks. CEO Rehema Feleke, says “FunLoop is the kid tracker that amusement parks have been waiting for. ” FunBand will partner with amusement parks, zoos, and county fairs to make it convenient for parents to use the tracker.
Co-founders Rehema Feleke, a pediatric emergency physician and Simon Loo, an engineer, conceived the idea of FunBand in their MBA program at University of California, Irvine after a near abduction of a friend’s child in an amusement park. The startup went on to win first place in the UCI Business plan competition May 2016 and have been making significant headway since.