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L.A. Startups NeighborGoods and Tiziano Project Win Awards at SXSW

LA Tech's finest represent at SXSW Interactive in 2009. (Photo by JD Lasica via flickr)
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Los Angeles represented in a big way at SXSW 2011 in the film, music, and gaming world -- no surprise there (both The Roxy and The Echo hosted parties in Austin last night). But this week two locally-based startups were recognized for their ability to use the internet as a tool for action and a community resource for social change.

NeighborGoods, where you can safely trade or share stuff with your neighbors, was a finalist in SXSW Accelerator, a three-day competition in which 32 startups strut their stuff before an expert panel. As a finalist, NeighborGoods received the coveted Bootstrap Award, given to the startup that does the most with the fewest resources.

"It was really exciting to present NeighborGoods in the Accelerator Finals at SXSW," said NeighborGoods CEO, Micki Krimmel. "It was a great opportunity to share our vision and to get feedback from the smartest folks in the business. To be chosen as one of only five companies to receive an award is a huge honor!"