Entrepreneurial ventures may start with an idea—but they launch with a great pitch. The Business Case in 60 Seconds pitch competition celebrated that critical part of the ideation process for the first-time in a virtual format on November 30. Three competitors took home small cash prizes at the event hosted by MBAs in the Foster School’s Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club (EVCC). We’re excited to see these ideas and others that were pitched down the road as applicants for the upcoming 2021 student competitions hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.
- 1st Place Idea/Pitch: Art marketplace and rental platform created by a graduate student in the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program
- 2nd Place Idea/Pitch: A Master of Science in Entrepreneurship graduate student presented an over-the-counter hearing aid solution their startup Sound Sustainability is working on developing.
- 3rd Place Idea/Pitch – An undergraduate student aiming to major in Informatics pitched a meal deal app concept to connect businesses to college students.
The prize winners were chosen by a trio of three judges representing the University of Washington and the at-large entrepreneurial ecosystem in Seattle. They include Vani Rao, managing partner at EdgeVenture Group and Venture Partner at Outlines Venture Group, Ishani Ummat, investor at Madrona Venture Group and UW alumni (Finance ’17), and Buerk Center director Amy Sallin.
More than a dozen students received invitations to pitch from a large pool of applicants that included both undergraduate and graduate students. Entrepreneurial students can continue their journey as competition season wraps up by applying for the 2021 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge by February 1 and the 2021 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge by February 16. The applications for both competitions opened December 1.
The application for the 2021 Dempsey Startup Competition will open this Winter with more details to come from the Buerk Center.