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2015 CIE Business Plan Competition

The CIE recently launched an annual Business Plan Pitch Competition with a $5,000 grand prize. The inaugural event was held Monday, May 4, 2015, 6-9 pm, Lucas Hall 126-Forbes Family Conference Center.  Join us on May 12, 2016 to see who will take home the $5,000 grand prize!

 

 

 

Congratulations 2015 CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition Winners!


2015 CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition Winners & Judges

2015 CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition Recap

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition, held Monday, May 4, in the Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall 126!

$5,000 Grand Prize Winner:  Spree, Marco Ciccone & Riley Parsons

Grand Prize Winner - Spree

Congratulations to $5,000 Grand Prize winning team Spree!  Shown above with CIE Executive Director Dan Aguiar is Marco Ciccone, undergraduate Leavey School of Business student, and Spree CEO, and Riley Steele Parsons, undergraduate School of Engineering student and Spree CTO.

The Idea:  Spree is an iPhone application built to be intuitive and comprehensive to provide college students with the opportunity to buy and sell used items to one another.  Specs of the platform include a multi-step user verification process, an in-app payment and messaging feature, a meet-up feature, and algorithms to ensure high user retention rates.

Students at college campuses move at a fast pace, leaving a trail of unwanted belongings behind them.  When faced with the task of selling old textbooks, electronics and concert tickets, students need a convenient platform built for their lifestyle.  Spree provides a mobile, secure and intuitive platform that connects students for their buying and selling needs. 

The product helps reduce waste and helps students to repurpose and reuse items that no longer suit their needs.

$1,000 Second Prize Winner:  Ashva, Hailey Bazlen & Sophie Won


 

Shown above with CIE Executive Director Dan Aguiar is Leavey School of Business undergraduate students Hailey Bazlen, Ashva Founder, and Sophie Won, Ashva CFO. 

The Idea:  Ashva brings organic, fashionable and high-quality riding apparel to female equestrians around the globe.  Ashva's products will appeal to all women and girls who want more variety and design options for their riding apparel.  Currently, options ar limited to uncomfortable jeans or plain beige breeches. Ashva will bring life to this market and provide riders with exciting options with expressive designs and patterns.  The riding pants are suitable for all riding disciplines:  western, English, gaming. 

$500 Third Prize Winner:  WhereTo, Cole Calhoun & Ryan Rishi


 

Shown above with CIE Executive Director Dan Aguiar are WhereTo co-founders Cole Calhoun, undergraduate Leavey School of Business student and College of Arts & Sciences student Ryan Rishi.

The idea:  WhereTo is an app that congregates all major public transportation routes and gives users the option to instantly buy and use tickets.  The public transportation industry is in need of a mobile payments solution-not one solution for every different city, but one solution for all cities and transportation agencies.  Transit riders should be able to, no matter where they are, find public transportation routes and immediately pay for those routes without having to worry about having exact change, wait in line, or deal with time-consuming vendors.  

WhereTo uses Google Maps and Google Directions to calculate the optimal public transportation routes and once a route is selected, WhereTo users are able to purchase all necessary tickets from within the application.  For many transportation agencies, a ticket is simply a paper ticket.  For transit stations that use turnstile gates, WhereTo uses a phone's NFC to provide a pass. 

Six teams were selected to compete from an applicant pool of 31 venture teams and included undergraduate and graduate students from the Leavey School of Business, the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.  Congratulations and thank you to the other competitors:

Operetta:  Non-invasive, patient-friendly and environmentally-friendly  blood glucose meter using an infared sensor
Vishvesh Shah, School of Engineering graduate student
Himanshu Gupta, School of Engineering graduate student
Ana Lemus, College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate student
Smriti Jaggi, Leavey School of Business graduate student

Estuary:  Providing people with the technology to track, predict and control water usage, delivering lower bills and a sustainable future
Matthew McCormack, Leavey School of Business graduate student
Hong Doan, Leavey School of Business graduate student
Abhishek Mishra, Leavey School of Business graduate student

AllergyID:  A wearable technology that users with dangerous food allergies can wear to alert them if there are high levels of the allergen receptor in the atmosphere
Sarah Madden, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
Marissa Cagle, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
Elizabeth Anderson, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
David Andrews, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
Marti Sollenberger,  Leavey School of Business undergraduate student

Competitors each pitched 10-minute presentation to a full house followed by a 5-minute Q&A from our panel of judges which included:

  • Steve Foster, Managing Director at SF Advisors, Chair of the CIE Advisory Board
  • Ellie Ahi, Co-Founder & President of Technology of Mybiograph Inc, Investor/Member of the Software Committee at Keiretsu Forum, SCU School of Engineering Adjunct Professor
  • Paul La Londe, Associate at SV Angel
  • John Giddings, Principal at CleanTech Integration, Founder at The Tech Angel Group, SCU School of Engineering Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Greg Moore, CEO & Co-Founder of Fit3D
  • Jennifer Woolley, SCU Associate Professor of Management, Operations Consultant at Westhold Corporation, Founding Member of the SCU CAPE Development Task Force
  • Tom Lavelle, Owner of Thomas R. Lavelle Law Offices, SCU School of Law Adjunct Professor active with the SCU Entrepreneurs Law Clinic

Scores were evaluated based on the following criteria:  Company Overview, Product/Service, Marketing/Marketing Strategy, Op[erations, Financial Viability, Management and Overall Presentation.  For feedback, all teams will receive a document detailing their average score in each category as well as a compilation of all handwritten feedback and comments.  

Thank you to all who applied to compete, competitors, judges and volunteers from the SCEO.  We look forward to a new tradition offering this exciting competition each Spring! 

Click below for photos from the evening, provided by Adam Hays Photography.

 



In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to: Linda Jenkins via email at ljenkins@scu.edu at least 7 days prior to the event.

 

 

"The presence of a guest speaker on the campus of SCU does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement by the University of the views expressed by the guest speaker or by anyone else present at the event"


 

The CIE recently launched an annual Business Plan Pitch Competition with a $5,000 grand prize. The inaugural event was held Monday, May 4, 2015, 6-9 pm, Lucas Hall 126-Forbes Family Conference Center.  Join us on May 12, 2016 to see who will take home the $5,000 grand prize!

 

 

 

Congratulations 2015 CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition Winners!


2015 CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition Winners & Judges

2015 CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition Recap

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual CIE Business Plan Pitch Competition, held Monday, May 4, in the Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall 126!

$5,000 Grand Prize Winner:  Spree, Marco Ciccone & Riley Parsons

Grand Prize Winner - Spree

Congratulations to $5,000 Grand Prize winning team Spree!  Shown above with CIE Executive Director Dan Aguiar is Marco Ciccone, undergraduate Leavey School of Business student, and Spree CEO, and Riley Steele Parsons, undergraduate School of Engineering student and Spree CTO.

The Idea:  Spree is an iPhone application built to be intuitive and comprehensive to provide college students with the opportunity to buy and sell used items to one another.  Specs of the platform include a multi-step user verification process, an in-app payment and messaging feature, a meet-up feature, and algorithms to ensure high user retention rates.

Students at college campuses move at a fast pace, leaving a trail of unwanted belongings behind them.  When faced with the task of selling old textbooks, electronics and concert tickets, students need a convenient platform built for their lifestyle.  Spree provides a mobile, secure and intuitive platform that connects students for their buying and selling needs. 

The product helps reduce waste and helps students to repurpose and reuse items that no longer suit their needs.

$1,000 Second Prize Winner:  Ashva, Hailey Bazlen & Sophie Won


 

Shown above with CIE Executive Director Dan Aguiar is Leavey School of Business undergraduate students Hailey Bazlen, Ashva Founder, and Sophie Won, Ashva CFO. 

The Idea:  Ashva brings organic, fashionable and high-quality riding apparel to female equestrians around the globe.  Ashva's products will appeal to all women and girls who want more variety and design options for their riding apparel.  Currently, options ar limited to uncomfortable jeans or plain beige breeches. Ashva will bring life to this market and provide riders with exciting options with expressive designs and patterns.  The riding pants are suitable for all riding disciplines:  western, English, gaming. 

$500 Third Prize Winner:  WhereTo, Cole Calhoun & Ryan Rishi


 

Shown above with CIE Executive Director Dan Aguiar are WhereTo co-founders Cole Calhoun, undergraduate Leavey School of Business student and College of Arts & Sciences student Ryan Rishi.

The idea:  WhereTo is an app that congregates all major public transportation routes and gives users the option to instantly buy and use tickets.  The public transportation industry is in need of a mobile payments solution-not one solution for every different city, but one solution for all cities and transportation agencies.  Transit riders should be able to, no matter where they are, find public transportation routes and immediately pay for those routes without having to worry about having exact change, wait in line, or deal with time-consuming vendors.  

WhereTo uses Google Maps and Google Directions to calculate the optimal public transportation routes and once a route is selected, WhereTo users are able to purchase all necessary tickets from within the application.  For many transportation agencies, a ticket is simply a paper ticket.  For transit stations that use turnstile gates, WhereTo uses a phone's NFC to provide a pass. 

Six teams were selected to compete from an applicant pool of 31 venture teams and included undergraduate and graduate students from the Leavey School of Business, the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.  Congratulations and thank you to the other competitors:

Operetta:  Non-invasive, patient-friendly and environmentally-friendly  blood glucose meter using an infared sensor
Vishvesh Shah, School of Engineering graduate student
Himanshu Gupta, School of Engineering graduate student
Ana Lemus, College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate student
Smriti Jaggi, Leavey School of Business graduate student

Estuary:  Providing people with the technology to track, predict and control water usage, delivering lower bills and a sustainable future
Matthew McCormack, Leavey School of Business graduate student
Hong Doan, Leavey School of Business graduate student
Abhishek Mishra, Leavey School of Business graduate student

AllergyID:  A wearable technology that users with dangerous food allergies can wear to alert them if there are high levels of the allergen receptor in the atmosphere
Sarah Madden, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
Marissa Cagle, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
Elizabeth Anderson, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
David Andrews, Leavey School of Business undergraduate student
Marti Sollenberger,  Leavey School of Business undergraduate student

Competitors each pitched 10-minute presentation to a full house followed by a 5-minute Q&A from our panel of judges which included:

  • Steve Foster, Managing Director at SF Advisors, Chair of the CIE Advisory Board
  • Ellie Ahi, Co-Founder & President of Technology of Mybiograph Inc, Investor/Member of the Software Committee at Keiretsu Forum, SCU School of Engineering Adjunct Professor
  • Paul La Londe, Associate at SV Angel
  • John Giddings, Principal at CleanTech Integration, Founder at The Tech Angel Group, SCU School of Engineering Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Greg Moore, CEO & Co-Founder of Fit3D
  • Jennifer Woolley, SCU Associate Professor of Management, Operations Consultant at Westhold Corporation, Founding Member of the SCU CAPE Development Task Force
  • Tom Lavelle, Owner of Thomas R. Lavelle Law Offices, SCU School of Law Adjunct Professor active with the SCU Entrepreneurs Law Clinic

Scores were evaluated based on the following criteria:  Company Overview, Product/Service, Marketing/Marketing Strategy, Op[erations, Financial Viability, Management and Overall Presentation.  For feedback, all teams will receive a document detailing their average score in each category as well as a compilation of all handwritten feedback and comments.  

Thank you to all who applied to compete, competitors, judges and volunteers from the SCEO.  We look forward to a new tradition offering this exciting competition each Spring! 

Click below for photos from the evening, provided by Adam Hays Photography.

 



In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to: Terri L Griffith via email at lhttps://phonebook.scu.edu/?v=pid&i=725  at least 7 days prior to the event.

 

 

"The presence of a guest speaker on the campus of SCU does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement by the University of the views expressed by the guest speaker or by anyone else present at the event"