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ParqEx Named Best Tech Startup in Chicago

September 2nd, 2016 Posted by Chicago Events, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

Tech in Motion has announced ParqEx as the “Best Technology Startup” in Chicago at the 2nd Annual Timmy Awards, which recognizes the top workplaces for technology professionals. The Chicago tech community chose ParqEx from a field of 10 finalists, including Rippleshot, UrbanBound, Crowdfind and runner-up Peanut Butter. ParqEx is a private parking marketplace that allows parking spot owners to rent their parking spaces daily, weekly or monthly. In doing so, parking spot owners can make some extra cash, while renters have access to more available, affordable parking. ParqEx is currently available for use in Chicago, but will be expanding to other cities including Milwaukee and Madison in the near future.

“With so many fantastic startups launching in our community, it was especially thrilling to announce ParqEx as Chicago’s Best Technology Startup,” said Tech in Motion organizer David Belsky, Regional Director of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates Chicago. “The competition was intense, with more than 11,000 votes coming in. We plan to keep honoring top Chicago-area leaders like ParqEx as a part of our annual Timmy Awards.”

ParqEx is accessible via smartphone and the web and provides drivers with immediate access to an exclusive parking inventory. The ParqEx Access+ garage door opener services is the first of its kind and offers access to parking located behind doors and gates. With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open garage doors and gates from their smart phones, making more parking available to the community. ParqEx continues to grow

“The ParqEx team is honored to receive this award and is looking forward to helping more and more people not only find affordable parking, but help parking spot owners make some extra money,” ParqEx CEO, Vivek Mehra said, “Our company will solve the parking crisis that impacts many communities by making parking easier, affordable and more readily available.”

The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, San Francisco and Toronto. Previous winners have included innovators such as, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart. The next Timmy Awards ceremonies are the Silicon Valley’s Inaugural Timmy Awards in September and Orange County & San Diego’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards in October. Please visit for more information.

About ParqEx

Founded in 2014 by Vivek Mehra, ParqEx is a community-based platform that allows parking spot owners to rent their parking spots on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play, or call (855) PARQEX-1 for more information.

About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 65,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

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Meet the 5 Startups Crowned Finalists of Chicago’s Techweek Launch Competition

June 27th, 2016 Posted by Chicago Events, News & Events, Parking, startup No Comment yet

Techweek Chicago, the annual tech mega-event that takes place every summer, wrapped-up Friday afternoon with its regional Launch competition. Out of 60 Chicago and national startups who were selected to present their companies at Thursday’s Launch expo, 5 companies were selected as finalists to participate in a tech showdown for the ages. A representative from each company had 5 minutes to pitch their startup to an esteemed panel of judges who would ultimately choose the winner. After impressive presentations from all companies, Atlanta-based Aces Health took home first place, winning a trip to Miami to compete for $50,000 at the national Launch competition in December.


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Beating out hundreds of applicants, meet the 5 fast-growing startups crowned finalists of Chicago’s Techweek Launch competition:


  • Aces Health – Smarter Tools for Healthcare (Winner)

Atlanta-based Aces Health is a healthcare tech startup that develops products for the industry’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The company’s platform aims to save time and money in the clinical research phase of drug development, reducing overall costs of new drug delivery and making medicines more accessible to patients.

  • Schlep – On Demand Delivery Teams (Runner-up)

Schlep is a friendly and secure marketplace for people to link up and get stuff moved. Specializing in the hauling and delivery of large, heavy, and awkward items. Schlep helps individuals and businesses get stuff moved by connecting them to their vetted neighbor with a truck.

  • ParqEx  – The Private Parking Marketplace

ParqEx connects owners of under-utilized parking spots to people in need of a place to park. By using ParqEx, parking owners are able to make some supplemental income while drivers find more convenient and often less expensive parking options in hard-to-park locations.

  • ShurpaLast Mile Delivery

Shurpa allows brands’ end customers to schedule parcel delivery in a one-hour window, during evening hours, when they’re actually home from work.

MailControl automatically detects the presence of tracking code in all incoming emails, assess and report the risk level, and disables external tracking code before they arrive in the user’s inbox. This is all done at server side so end users become protected without needing to install anything and can send and receive emails on any device or app without changing behavior.


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