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Laracuente Presents in VC Elevator Pitch Competition


Boston College Computer Science major Tyler Laracuente, A&S ’14 was a recent participant in the BC Venture Capital “Elevator Pitch” Competition held in the Fulton Honors Library on October 18, 2012. Laracuente and fellow team member, Kyle Charron prepared and delivered a sixty-second presentation to a panel of experienced venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Their business idea is a mobile networking application based on user location called “Umbrella.”

According to Laracuente, “Umbrella is a networking service based on user location. Users don’t have to know one another to be a part of the exchange. When a user opens an umbrella, or a company bases one in their store, we connect them to others in their area through an open chat forum.” He adds, “Users share information and companies collect valuable feedback.”

Laracuente and Charron qualified in the competition’s preliminary round consisting of 40 teams, and competed in the next round that consisted of 16 teams. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the amounts of $500, $200 and $100 for first, second, and third place respectively.

Charron (’14) is a CS major at Southern Connecticut State University.

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