Thanks to two Suffolk alumni, you’ll always have a seat at your favorite watering hole.

Earlier this year, Jamie Manning, MBA ’11, and Adriano Varassin, MBA ’10, launched Snagastool—the first and only app that lets you reserve your seat at the bar.

And last week, they got their big break. SnagaStool was one of three local businesses that were picked to compete for funding on the A&E television network’s show, Project Startup Live.

The Perfect Pitch

Manning and Varassin had only five days to perfect their pitch for A&E.

“Luckily for us, this wasn’t our first competition. We had already pitched at several events across Boston, including the TechCrunch Pitch-off and Boston New Technology,” Manning said.

But this time, they had to present on camera in front of a large audience and a panel of judges. “Of course, it was a little nerve wracking. But once I started talking about SnagaStool, my anxiety disappeared because I was so excited,” Manning said.

The team says SnagaStool is like OpenTable, but for bar stools. They market it as an ideal app for dates, big games, after-work drinks, and trivia night. “Just log in, pick the date and time, the number of bar stools and you’re done,” Manning says.

The Result?

SnagaStool won a $2,500 seed investment, plus mentorship from Brian Mecee, the CEO of the crowdfunding website RocketHub.

What’s Next for SnagaStool?

Manning and Varassin are currently piloting SnagaStool in several Boston bars. They hope the exposure and winnings from the A&E competition will help them launch SnagaStool in many more bars by the end of the summer.

The Sawyer Business School has also played a key role in SnagaStool’s success. In fact, Associate Dean Michael Behnam and Professor George Moker are among their biggest allies.

“They connected us with Suffolk’s entrepreneur network. And today, we’re leveraging that network to build a group of advisors within the hospitality industry to help our service expand into more bars and restaurants,” Manning said.

Once SnagaStool gains traction in Boston, Manning and Varassin will start seeking investments. “Additional funding will helps us improve the user experience, build an Android version, and expand into other cities,” Manning said.

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