Drytunes, a company that makes waterproof wireless speakers with internal space for dry storage, won the Get Started NOLA pitch competition, sponsored by Cox Business and Inc. magazine.
The company got $10,000 worth of cash and services from Cox Business and $950 in public relations services from AR|PR. The competition was held last week as part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
Drytunes was one of five finalists in the first Get Started NOLA competition. More than 40 companies applied to present during the competition.
The company was founded by Michael Applebaum, Cameron Mary and Aeron McKeough. They produce high-fidelity wireless speakers with more than 400 cubic inches of storage space to keep phones, cameras, tablets, wallets, keys and other valuables dry. Drytunes can be controlled by Bluetooth-enabled devices or non-Bluetooth enabled devices via an internal auxiliary input.
Drytunes won the competition because of its innovation, ease of implementation and benefit to the community, organizers said.