Lawn-Care Startup Block Wins $1,000 Prize at PitchBR

On-demand lawn-mowing service Block Lawncare unveiled plans for the pro version of its app on its way to taking the $1,000 top prize at PitchBR's second competition of 2019.

Block is a startup that’s centered around an on-demand lawn-care app. With Block, homeowners can select the services they need, get clear pricing, schedule service and pay, all within the app.

The app, which is available for free in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, lets users select services like mowing, edging and blowing, then choose a date and tap "Book a Mow."

Co-founder and CEO Matthew Armstrong said the app has 1,000 users despite limited marketing, and there has been a steady stream of applications for mowers. The startup is also developing a pro version of its software that will let existing landscape and lawn service companies better manage their customer bases compared with current pen-and-paper or spreadsheet solutions.

“Our industry has to keep up, it has to adapt — and that’s where Block comes in,” Armstrong says.

During the pitch night event at Juban’s, each company had 10 minutes to share the vision for their startup, followed by a question-and-answer period with a panel of three judges. After the three pitches, the judges deliberated and selected a winner.

In addition to vying for the prize money, which was provided by the Louisiana Tech Park, the competing companies were able to get feedback from audience members and coaching from prominent business consultants and successful entrepreneurs. PitchBR events also give business owners an opportunity to develop connections to nonfunding resources, such as professional services donors and providers.

Stone Pigman was also a sponsor of PitchBR.

This article was reposted by Silicon Bayou News.