A Chapel Hill startup wants to throw students epic 21st birthday parties.
The startup TabSprint is offering college students in the Triangle $1,000 to host their parties.
Teaming up with the brewing company Anheuser-Busch, TabSprint will sponsor 21 birthday parties between September and November for individuals turning 21.
“That’s awesome,” said junior Arham Khan, who turns 21 in April. “You would be able to drink and have fun for free.”
The parties are part of TabSprint’s push to connect audiences to its new app, which allows customers to use their smartphones to view, order and pay for drinks at supporting venues.
“I think it would be convenient and everyone is all about convenience,” said sophomore Sierra Lyda. “And you could pick out drinks before you go to the party.”
Junior Tori Playbon said while she would personally prefer a more low-key party for her 21st birthday next fall, it would be hard to say no to an offer like this.
“That would be nice to have such a big budget for a party,” she said. “I could put some Pinterest dreams into reality.”
TabSprint CEO John Chipouras said the company just launched the free app this spring and is excited to expand its customer base with the parties.
TabSprint will work with winners to secure the desired venue and finance their party of choice, whether that’s a night out at the club or an evening at a sports bar.
Chipouras said The Library and East End Oyster and Martini Bar have already agreed to book parties.
“This is us stepping it up a level,” he said. “We want a lot of new venues and new customers. It’ll be something memorable for their 21st.”
“I think it would be cool if they did it every year,” said UNC senior Paige Shull. “They could make a name for themselves and it would be good for local bars. Plus, we’re on a college campus. People are turning 21 every day.”
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