Startup offers digital take on customer rewards - Alabama Newscenter

Startup offers digital take on customer rewards - Alabama Newscenter

A Birmingham startup is changing the way consumers save money, and there are no punch cards or coupon slips involved. Pointz is a free mobile app that launched in March 2017 with a simple goal: help local businesses incentivize customers with rewards.

Using Bluetooth technology, Pointz runs in the background while you visit local restaurants, bars and retail stores. You earn points based on the amount of time spent, which can then be redeemed for rewards on the app, such as T-shirts, hats and gift cards.

Pointz and O3 Solution Talk Alabama Launchpad Win- Birmingham Business Alliance

Pointz and O3 Solution Talk Alabama Launchpad Win- Birmingham Business Alliance

Birmingham swept the Alabama Launchpad business startup competition this most recent round, as both the concept track winner (Pointz) and the seed stage winner (O3 Solution) are both based in the Magic City. The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) spoke with Pointz founder and CEO Andrew Petrovics and O3 Solution CEO Josh Girvin about their respective wins and how Birmingham has shaped their company.

Two Birmingham startups win big at Alabama Launchpad competition - Bham Now

Two Birmingham startups win big at Alabama Launchpad competition - Bham Now

Alabama Launchpad announces Finale Startup competition winners and they are Birmingham startups; Pointz and O3 Solution.

This round of the competition there were 20 applicants from around the state. All were vying for a piece of the $150,000 prize awarded for seed stage projects and concept track startups.

During a two-month process, that list of hopefuls was narrowed down by the judges to just six.  All the entrants participated in valuable feedback and met potential capital providers.

Birmingham companies to compete in Launchpad finals - Birmingham Business Journal

Birmingham companies to compete in Launchpad finals - Birmingham Business Journal

Three metro Birmingham companies are among the finalists in the latest edition of the Alabama Launchpad competition.

The latest edition of the Launchpad, which serves as a springboard for startups and emerging companies in the state, will be held in Prattville on March 15.

Birmingham-based Pointz, which offers an app that gives businesses a way to incentive customers, is competing in the concept stage competition. It will be joined by CigarClub.com, a monthly cigar subscription service based in Mobile, and Pelican Point Advisors, a Mobile-based business planning company for dentists. Concept stage companies are competing for $50,000.

Birmingham startup Pointz offers new take on customer loyalty- AL.com

Birmingham startup Pointz offers new take on customer loyalty- AL.com

A Birmingham entrepreneur is working to solve a frustrating consumer problem: leaving your punch card at home when you go in for that cup of coffee.

Meet Pointz: an app that rewards regular consumers without punch cards and without extra work for businesses. 

The app works simply: download it and turn your Bluetooth on. Run the app and log in once. That's it. The app uses sensors set up in participating businesses that detect users, and gives an award if the phone stays in the business for a set period of time. You don't have to open the app while you're there or even