e-Fest 2019 Finalists Announced from 'Very Strong Field' of TeamsDownload PDF
Nearly two dozen entrepreneurship judges had three weeks and a mission this year: Review over one hundred video pitch submissions and slide decks and determine the 25 teams to invite to the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship in Minneapolis for the April 11th-13th live competition finals and championship round of e-Fest 2019 and the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge.
The main goal of this elite entrepreneurship event, open to undergraduate students in North America and with $250,000 in cash prizes available, includes recognizing compelling student ideas for products, services, and ventures but moreso aims to encourage student learning and networking around using entrepreneurial thinking and methods to create, validate, and communicate about solutions to problems. As LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Geuricke mentioned in his EIX.org article, ideas may come and go but the ability for entrepreneurs to form a team, build a plan together, and execute on it is a skill that "dramatically increases the odds of success in the long-term".
According to the judges, e-Fest this year saw a "very strong field" of entries and student entrepreneurs who really "put it out there". The e-Fest competition has nine judging criteria, which serve as a comprehensive measure or checklist for preparing to bring an idea to the market. One of the key questions about a new venture is, who will the customers be and how/why will they pay for your offering? A vast majority of the teams performed well in several of the criteria, while teams that achieved consistent high scores across all the criteria were more likely to receive the Top 25 Finalist invitation. All teams receive analytics about their performance, so as to keep improving on their entrepreneurial journeys.
2019 e-Fest Finalist Teams
(Teams appear in alphabetical order. There may be some team member / advisor substitutions.)
Accugentix | Florida Gulf Coast University
A safer and more accurate way to measure and dispense small-dose MC oil medications for oral ingestion.
Team: Alainah Hacker, Alex Popoff
Advisor: Sandra Kauanui
Blexx Technology | University of Wisconsin - Madison
A safer and more effective way to manage and dispose of discarded hypodermic needles.
Team: Erin Tenderholt, Jessica Reigh
Advisor: Michael Williams
CrowdPlay | Quinnipiac University
A mobile application centered on increasing fan engagement at stadiums during live events.
Team: Andrew Pizzi, Dan Picone
Advisor: Dale Jasinski
DelivHer | Georgia State University
A proprietary absorbent product and monthly subscription service for women's hygiene needs.
Team: Chante Knox, Tatiana Harrison
Advisor: Isabelle Monlouis
Dr. Brinsley | Northeastern University
A stylish, medically validated and high quality-constructed shoe for diabetics.
Team: Vidhan Bhaiya, Jooyoung Kim
Advisor: Kimberly Eddleston
Flashtract | Auburn University
An online business solution for managing invoicing and payment management for construction.
Team: Garrett Raab, Terran Ray , Ben Conry
Advisor: Lakami Baker
Hich, Inc. | James Madison University
A ride sharing app and platform targeted at students and getting around their campuses and communities.
Team: Zach Casey, Trey Rustand, Austin Dickerson, Josiah McClements, Justin Bayless
Advisor: Patrick McQuown
Iconic EDU | West Virginia University
A hands-on STEM education kit that connects concepts taught in the classroom with real world examples.
Team: James Carnes, Kyle Gillis, Robert Simmons, Coleton Tasker
Advisor: Daniel Germain
Invictis Technologies | Princeton University
An automatic intravenous injection device for medications that replaces manual needle injections.
Team: Miles Cole, Casey Conrad
Advisor: Craig Arnold
LiveGreen | University of Florida
A personal carbon emission tracker and offsetting app that also contributes to reforestation projects.
Team: Pablo Garces, Brian De Souza
Advisor: Nola Miyasaki
LivingWaters Systems | Rutgers University
World's first personal and portable system for rainwater collection and redirection.
Team: Joshua Kao, Joseph Bajor
Advisor: Laura Fabris
Lumastic | University of Virginia
An open platform connecting online content creators with knowledge-seekers.
Team: Drew Lytle, Michelle Lovering
Advisor: Alex Zorychta
Plyo | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
A loyalty app and platform that rewards students for exercising on campus by offering deals on their favorite things.
Team: Peter Schultze, Tiegen Brickson
Advisor: John Stavig
QuickTech Medical | Virginia Tech
A digital, 3D sensor solution (goniometer) for measuring joint movement in therapy centers.
Team: Glenn Feit, Gregory Grande, Jacob Merizian
Advisor: David Townsend
Scrap-It! | Farmingdale State College
An app and network for requesting pickup and hauling of junk and recyclables.
Team: Orville Davis, Cynthia Sainteus-Davis, Shamika Earle, Shannon Williams
Advisor: Jing Betty Feng
SMARTwheel Inc. | University of New Hampshire
The first intelligent steering wheel that helps prevent distracted driving.
Team: TJ Evarts, Jaiden Evarts
Advisor: Ian Grant
SnapDuct | Western Michigan University
An innovative connector and solution for ductwork in residential and commercial construction.
Team: Brennan Vaughn, Danny Rogers
Advisor: Lara Hobson
SOULMUCH | San Diego State University
A process for recollecting unused grains from restaurants and food service and turning it into quality food products.
Team: Reyanne Mustafa, Kristian Krugman, Dakota Ruiz, Lexi Oplinger, Jordan Lee
Advisor: Alex DeNoble
Swatched | Western Kentucky University
A small, portable kit containing one full use of a day's worth of makeup.
Team: Allie McCreery, Kyla Ball
Advisor: Pedro Tonhozi de Oliveira
The Dot | Susquehanna University
An e-commerce brand and customizable subcription for feminine-hygiene products with a buy-one-give-one model.
Team: Courtney Young, Hannah Witt, Tara Montis , Ali Hordeski
Advisor: Emma Fleck
U-TREKS | Seton Hill University
A dependable safety tool that enhances the traction of footware on inconsistent and dangerous terrain.
Team: Rachael Bowers, Taryn Six, Randi Selbekk, Elizabeth Engel
Advisor: Lyzona Marshall
U-Wash | US Airforce Academy
An app and platform for saving time with laundry chores and making money doing people's laundry.
Team: Ryan McKenna, Joseph Johnson, Jack Smith, Caleb Stuffle, Sean McGinty
Advisor: Robert Evert
Vascugenix | University of Arkansas - Little Rock
A patented medical device helping surgeons perform arterial catheterization with one hand and greater speed and accuracy.
Team: Abigail Resendiz, Noah Asher , Zachary Cochran , Anna Helm
Advisor: Martial Trigeaud
Yad | Babson College
A platform for people with intellectual disabilities to discover and share their artistic talents.
Team: Deborah Cohen, Taylor Leng
Advisor: Mary Gale
youBelong | Florida Gulf Coast University
A safe and positive social network for people with special needs and their families.
Team: John Ciocca, Johnathan Schaffer
Advisor: Sandra Kauanui