The founders of PlotWatt started a business to solve a common frustrating situation. By winning the GE Ecomagination Challenge, the company has received a $100,000 grant. The recognition also attracted $1,000,000 of venture capital funding.
Social shopping marketers and iPhone application makers are two very popular types companies attracting investor capital. Put the two together and you have Zappli, which produces the iPhone application called myShopanion. The company just raised $500,000 of seed money from angel investors.