What a night! The finalists brought the heat and did a fantastic job telling their stories which made for an incredibly difficult decision. We're thrilled to announce that both Grapefruit Health and SweatPals will be walking away with the coveted $500k investment! Thank you to everyone who participated to make Barnburner a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

The application period for
Barnburner has ended.
Stay tuned, Round One kicks off
February 8th, 2023.
Below are the five finalists who competed for $500,000


B2B Tech


We're replacing passwords and keys because they're insecure and inconvenient! By 2025, losses due to password-related data breaches are expected to reach $10 Trillion. Everykey is the world's first universal smart key that wirelessly unlocks your phone, computer, and online accounts when you're nearby, then locks them all down when you walk away. Soon it will work with door locks, cars, and other access-controlled devices too!  Our patented technology makes it easy and convenient to stay secure!

Visit us at: https://www.everykey.com/

Chris Wentz - Founder


Consumer Tech


SweatPals is a community-building & discovery platform for Fitness & Health. Our mission brings people together around health and creates a sense of belonging through shared human experiences that are also good for our well-being.

Visit us at: https://www.sweatpals.com/

Salar Shahini - Co-founder & CEO




SKNMUSE champions inclusivity and sustainability in luxury beauty with West African-inspired self-care rituals for daily ease and rest. Our vision is to use beauty for daily self-care, offering 30-minute check-ins to recharge individuals who cannot frequently take rests or vacations.

Visit us at: https://www.sknmuse.com/

Ezinne Iroanya - Founder & CEO


Wildcard Category


Farmshare is an online farmers market connecting independent food producers directly with consumers; like Etsy but for food. We provide farmers, ranchers, fishers and other merchants with a cost effective and convenient channel to sell their products online. And we provide consumers with transparency and connection to where their food is coming from. Farmshare is reshaping the future of food: no more mystery meat or waxed apples. Buy better food, straight from the farm.

Visit us at: https://www.farmshare.co/

Henry Arrowood - Founder & CEO

Grapefruit Health

Other Category


At Grapefruit Health we are addressing the massive staffing shortage in healthcare by creating the first national workforce composed completely of clinical students (ie. social work, pharmacy, pre-med, nursing, etc.). We recruit, train, and manage these students to perform work on behalf of healthcare organizations remotely through our proprietary software. These 1M students create the opportunity for 850M unique patient touch points, and save healthcare workers over 35M hours each year!

Visit us at: https://www.grapefruit.health/

Eric Alvarez - Founder & CEO
Participating VC's
Barnburner has 3 Rounds





All approved startups* will invite their own audiences to endorse them for a chance to participate.

The 75 companies with the most endorsements will advance to the Second Round.

*Pre-seed through Series A. Have either raised money, are revenue generating, or have been reviewed by our investment team.

Public Voting

The 75 startups compete to win the public vote across 1 of 5 categories.*

Founders pitch their startups with a brief overview, a short video and links to their website/socials.

*Categories: B2B Tech, Consumer Tech, CPG, Other, Wildcard.

Final Pitch

The Finalist in each category will travel to Boulder, Colorado to compete in person for the $500K prize from a panel of VC judges.

The event is recorded in front of a live audience and then premiered to a global consumer audience.

Local to Boulder / Denver and want to attend the event? Register here.

Terms and conditions: Founders are eligible to participate in Barnburner 2023 if they meet the following criteria (1) you register as a founder through the Sweater app during the 1st round enrollment which runs from 12:00am Pacific Time on January 16th, 2023 until 11:59pm Pacific time on February 3rd, 2023. (2) you are currently the founder of a revenue generating company that has raised previous venture or angel funding. (3) you intend to grow or sell your company either through acquisition or IPO at a future date. (4) you are available March 27th - March 29th, 2023 to travel to Boulder, Colorado if you make it to the 3rd round. Sweater reserves the right to request additional documentation for verification before qualifying any company. Sweater may in its sole discretion change the terms and conditions of Barnburner 2023 at any time for any reason.