Ninety seconds was all it took for each entrepreneurial team of UC students to pitch their idea for an innovative new company or product and win over a panel of discerning judges.
Nine teams emerged victorious from a field of nearly 170 teams in this year’s Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition (IQ E-Pitch Competition). Each of them shared a compelling new startup idea with strong investment potential.
Graduate winners included (1st Place) Geethanga de Silva of A&S for BreathSense; (2nd Place) Aaron Bamberger, Matthew Seifert of LCB, and Logan Strauss of DAAP for TownCal; and (3rd Place) Kapil Nandwana of LCB for P2P Delivery Service.
Undergraduate winners included (1st Place) Ben Finn of A&S, Andrew Honious of A&S, and Mary Grace Krapf of A&S for Brand Bandz; (1st Place) Jessie Kaising of DAAP and Kaitlyn Miller of DAAP for Wild Academy; (2nd Place) Anika Hitt of LCB, Erika LaSaker of LCB, Grant Meeker of LCB, Kodi Morgan of LCB, and Tommy Zimmerman of LCB; (2nd Place) Tom Savoca of DAAP for urbanHive; and (3rd Place) Katherine Stanifer of DAAP for Coping Keys.
These winners were among some 500+ UC students from nearly every UC college.
The evening started with a rousing address by Vice Provost Gigi Escoe, who enthusiastically welcomed participants to the competition and encouraged the pursuit of entrepreneurship and innovation at UC as a vehicle for economic growth in our region. UC Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization’s Executive Director and Competition Founder, Professor Thomas Dalziel presided at this year’s event with Professor Thomas Nelson, Competition Director. A group of 60+ expert judges and more than 25 student volunteers together helped execute the event. Special guest speakers from local startup organizations including: Bad Girl Ventures, The Brandery, First Batch, HCDC, and OCEAN, gave brief presentations to the attendees.
The competition is organized by UC’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (CEC) and was made possible by generous support from sponsors including Physi, Thriving With Stress, Frisch’s, and Larosas. We would also like to thank our local partners, Bad Girl Ventures, The Brandery, Cintrifuse, First Batch, GCVA, Hamilton Mill, HCDC, The Manufactory, Mortar, OCEAN, and UpTech.