Popzup wins Seacoast Start-Up Competition

Dover company wins $30,000 in cash, prizes


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Shown at the Seacoast Start-Up Competition’s award presentation are, from left: Michael O’Laughlin, a judge in the competition; Marty and Julie Lapham, founders of competition winner Popzup; and judges Lori Smart and Jonathan Shapleigh.

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Popzup, a Dover-based company with a line of non-GMO and gluten-free popcorn products, has won the Rochester Department of Economic Development’s fourth annual Seacoast Start-Up Competition.

The company against four other Rochester area startups as in a "Shark Tank"-style event designed to celebrate entrepreneurship and offer exposure local startup businesses.

As winner, Popzup was awarded $10,000 in cash and about $20,000 in in-kind prizes, including six months of rent in the Gonic Mills, business coaching by Epiphany Consulting and a media package from iHeart Radio.

Julie and Marty Lapham founded Popzup in November 2015 as a company that offers an alternative to conventional microwavable popcorn.

Winner of the People's Choice Award for the competition was Rochester-based Trigger Devil, which produces trigger stops for video game controllers, enabling gamers to shoot two times faster when playing first-person shooter games.

Other finalists were Hive Battery, GeoQuiz, and Awato.

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