Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Plug&Play Tech Center's University EXPO Winners

iCouponOn Friday, October 1, iCoupon the Plug & Play Tech Center announced the winners for the 2010 University EXPO. Santa Clara Univerisity CAPE cohort member Matt Lehr was a winner in the elevator pitch-style competition for his start-up iCoupon-congratulations!

iCoupon was one of four ventures selected out of fifteen startups competing for the win, including fellow CAPE cohort member Bill Buxton of Textbook Equity and SCU Bronco Diane Keng of MyWeboo.  

At the event, 15 university-related start-ups had the opportunity to pitch their business in 3 minutes to a panel of potential investors in front of about 200 people. Following the pitch, each participant had a 30-minute question and answer session with the investors. Once all the presentations were finished, the investors and judges could walk around the expo and meet with each business individually for further information about its product or service. Then, at the end of the day, 4 companies were chosen as the winners. This year, the final 4 winners were: iCoupon from Santa Clara University's CAPE program, Black Locus from Carnegie Mellon University, Fountain Hop from Stanford University, and Smart Biosensors from University of California, San Diego. 

LehriCoupon is an interactive social networking website that provides users unique daily deals in specific regions along with discounts for thousands of national retailers, and coupons to local businesses throughout the United States. iCoupon provides an all-in-one online shopping experience to purchase, share, and interact with other users and businesses in order to save money.

Congratulations to Matt Lehr and all the other University EXPO winners!

A special thank you to all the judges and investors, and to keynote speakers SV Angel David Lee, PayPal's Damon Hougland, and reQall's Dr. Rao Machiraju.


2010 Plug and Play University Expo Competitors Included:
  • AmicaGeo
  • *SCU Bronco Diane Keng*
  • Black Locus
  • Fountain Hop
  • Motion Math
  • iCoupon* CAPE Cohort Member* **WINNER**
  • InfoAxe
  • Textbook Equity * CAPE Cohort Member*
  • BuildOutlet, Inc.
  • Panko Software
  • Burpple
  • Mi Hotel
  • Clean Coal Briquete
  • Smart Biosensors

Judges & Investors Included:

  • Intel Capital
  • Sierra Ventures
  • HP Startup Ecosystem
  • Garage Technologies
  • EMC
  • Leapfrog Ventures
  • Peritus Partner
  • Cambridge West Vent
  • PayPal
  • eBay
  • Nokia
  • Angels Forum




~ Arlene Bhagat
Marketing, Communications & Logistics Assistant