Elevator Pitch Competition
Got an idea that will rock the world? Here’s your chance to get the coin to get started! Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Facebook – they were all founded by students. BC alumni have consistently been involved in high-impact ventures ranging from the founding of Netscape to the creation of the iPod.
At the Elevator Pitch Competition each team will prepare a 60 second pitch for their business idea and will present it in front of a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists, who will determine the best pitches. Cash prizes will be given to the winners. It’s just as easy, and fun, as it sounds.
2018 Application is now closed.
1. Deadline to apply is Thursday, October 11th at 11:59pm
2. Sunday, October 14th at least one of your team members must be available to give a 60 second pitch to the screening judges.
3. Saturday, October 20th Finalists from the screening round will be notified via the email.
4. Thursday, November 1st will be the finals event at 6:30pm in the Heights Room.
Over $1,500 in funding will be awarded, with $500 for first place.
The categories are:
1. First Place
2. Second Place
3. Third Place
4. Crowd Favorite
Ready. Set. PITCH!
60 seconds. 15 teams. $1500 in awards.
- 1ST PLACE: BRUZD Foods, McKenna Polich '19
Weekly subscription service offering highly discounted excess/unsold produce that would otherwise go to waste
- 2ND PLACE & Crowd Favorite: Prescription Promise, Julia Arnese '20
A non-profit redistribution service of unused medication to vulnerable populations
- 3RD PLACE: Sage, Julianna Marandola '19
An online community that promites financial literacy among women ages 40-65
- 1ST PLACE: ECOLIV
ALEX KONTOPANOS, '18
EcoLiv is bringing no-waste products to hotels, using water-soluable toiletries.
- 2ND PLACE: BUMP
BRENDAN GUERIN, '21
Instantly share all your social profiles with the scan of a QR code.
- 3RD PLACE: KORU CLOTHING
KELLY STONE, '19
Clothing line developed by team of individuals with developmental disabilities.
- CROWD FAVORITE: KART
JB BRUGGEMAN, '19
A free delivery platform of on-campus food with the ability to accept student dining bucks.
- Crowd Favorite & Best Overall Pitch: DarkRoom
Theo Chapman '17
Today, the print industry is experiencing a major resurgence as consumers are increasingly taking art off their devices and into their lives in physical form. Unfortunately, there are roadblocks that still discourage photographers from capitalizing: finding the right marketplace, the right customer, and, above all, the financial risk. The answer--Darkroom--is a web-based platform that enables anyone to sell prints with the same quality and economies of scale as an elite photographer, with no cost or risk.
- Best Service: VenU
Dan Marino '19
VenU Entertainment is a SaaS company focused on creating better experiences for fans in all sectors of live entertainment and at the same time increase brand engagement and increase value per fan. Our innovative platform utilizes the pre, during, and post event/service release periods to provide fans a more immersive and customizable experience, and in turn, content/experience providers gain verified, targeted, and specific big data back. Currently, VenU is a Delaware C corp (incorporated last May), a team of 4 students, and currently in development.
- Social Impact: BusWays
Pedro De Almeida Rosa Guimaraes '20
BusWays is an app for parents that monitors the school bus and notifies parents when the child gets on and off the bus. While for schools BusWays serves as an administrative/security app where Schools can gather data and statistics on their bus fleet.
- Crowd Favorite & Best Overall Pitch: EchoMe
Anders Bill '17
EchoMe is an iOS application that enables two or more users to play a song at the exact same time. We have successfully built an alpha application that synchronizes a local audio file to play over multiple iOS devices. In the next 3 months time, we are pushing towards our next milestone, a fully integrated and featured 3rd party application for Spotify. Visit http://www.echome.fm to learn more!
- Best Product: ExoWear
Stephen Cheng '16
Exo Spine is a smart wearable device that consists of a posture control unit and a back support unit that can dynamically change based on your position to maximize comfort and effectiveness. Our product will only provide support when needed, thus providing the user the mobility to freely move around when inactive. Our goal is to promote healthy posture by helping people sit and stand correctly without being restricted.
- Best Service: ModilMe
Elyse Bush '16
ModilMe is an on campus clothing service that delivers items door-to-door. Students can use the site to make money, or diversify their wardrobe.
- Social Impact: Xperii
Daniel Williams '16
XperiiXperii is a revolutionary system designed to bring together researchers with subjects. Both efficient and effective, Xperii enables rare subject pools for researchers, while also helping participants earn money in their spare time. With a website and mobile app, Xperii is on a mission to make a global contribution to science.
Strakosch Venture Competition
The Strakosch Venture Competition is a university-wide business plan competition designed to promote and support entrepreneurship at Boston College. With mentoring from experienced alumni and faculty, students develop and implement the skills necessary to start successful businesses. Several sessions throughout the year offer additional coaching and advice from entrepreneurs, law partners, venture capitalists, and other executives.
Business plans are submitted for judging and finalists are chosen to present their plans to a panel of judges consisting of executives and entrepreneurial experts. Team funding will be awarded - winner will receive $15,000, runner-up will receive $7,500 and social impact will receive $7,000. Many participants have gone on to leverage their ideas and learning to launch and grow real businesses.
Application is closed.
2019 Strakosch Venture Competition
Bruzed Foods, Mckenna Polich '19
- Weekly subscription service offering highly discounted excess/unsold produce that would otherwise go to waste
Wunderite, Peter MacDonald MBA '19 & Michael Anastassiou MBA '19
- Wunderite helps businesses and insurance brokers collaborate online to simplify buying insurance for the first time and the annual renewal process.
GiveCard, Windsor Niermeyer '21, Natalie Dryjar '22 & Zier Wang '22
- GiveCard gives debit cards to the homeless, integrating them into the modern economy.
Branick Weix '19 created Aryeo (www.aryeo.com) to provide software solutions for real estate photographers to run their business on. Highly creative photographers just want to focus on taking pictures, but their customers want things like Facebook ads, property websites, and online galleries. Aryeo steps in and makes it easy for photographers to manage their business, while also providing real estate agents with the marketing solutions they need to manage and promote their properties.
- Branick Weix '19, Carroll School of Management
Former BC track athletes Emmett Scully ‘18 and Jack Sexton ‘18 are creating the best running app for teams. By capturing all elements of training and improving communication between coach and athlete we are enabling the ultimate training experience. We are currently available on the app store with over 1400 users and 30+ Division I programs.
- Jack Sexton '18, Carroll School of Management
- Emmett Scully '18, Carroll School of Management
Social Impact: UniMarkit
UniMarkit (https://www.unimarkit.com/) is the go-to marketplace for college students looking to safely buy or sell stuff on campus. Buying and selling stuff at school has always been a hassle and takes much more time than the busy college lifestyle can afford. With UniMarkit, you just take a photo of an item you want to sell, post that item, and then sell it. It’s as simple as that.
- Mark Dimeglio '18, Carroll School of Management
- Zach Wilner '18, Carroll School of Management
- Joe Taveras '18, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Winner: Darkroom
Photographers use their cameras as passports to inner sanctums and instruments for change. Today, the print industry is experiencing a major resurgence as consumers are increasingly taking art off their devices and into physical form. The intersection of these two is Darkroom, a platform that enables any photographer to create and sell high-quality prints that people love, with no cost or risk. By removing every pain point and every risk, Darkroom can empower people to sell prints with the same quality and economies of scale as elite photographers and artists.
- Anders Bill '17, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Theo Chapman '17, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Mental Rep, powered by CompuCog, an innovative software that aids in the mental preparation of athletes. The software has the ability to learn a football playbook. The program then uses that knowledge to construct interactive scenarios which athletes can practice in. The software has the ability to monitor and judge the player's actions in the simulated practice and give the player coaching feedback. This coaching feedback is also sent to the coach so he knows where he must focus at practice the next day. With Mental Rep, football players can play the game off the field and prepare better than ever for games and practice, improving their ability as well as their team’s performance.
- Ribhi El-Zaru '18, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Harris Williams, '14, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- BusWays offers a mobile app that allows parents to be notified every time their child get’s on or off the school bus. We also offer an administrative profile for schools to gather live data and statistics on their bus fleet.
- Pedro de Almeida '20, Carroll School of Management
Traditional Business Track:
EchoMe is a mobile application that gives you the ability to stream music from any streaming service to friends and followers and allows them to collaborate with you. You can listen to your favorite athletes, artists, or best friends in real-time.
- Anders Bill '17, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Michael Gordon '16, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Christian Nicholson '15, Carroll School of Management
- Jeffrey Sabo '15, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
Runner Up: Xperii
Xperii is a software platform that reduces the inefficiency in subject recruitment by linking people with the research studies they are interested in through an automatic process, and handles subject management and data through the end of the study.
- Daniel Williams '16, Carroll School of Management
- Evan Ehrenberg, MIT
- Cynthia Chen, Brown University
Winner: Purple Parachute
Purple Parachute is a social enterprise that aims to connect the needs of children in the US to those of children living as refugees. In a reformed BOGO model, our subscription service sells creative play kits and supports play in refugee camps.
- Megan Greeley '16, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Christina Stellingwerf '16, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences
- Colleen White '17, Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs
Runner Up: TradeRoutes
TradeRoutes is a for-profit social enterprise whose mission is to improve classroom engagement and provide teachers with open access to the best teaching content and tools. Our K12 social studies teaching platform brings history to life.
- Adam Minuto '16, Carroll School of Management
- Ryan Dontas '16, Morrissey School of Arts & Sciences
- Ryan Lee '16, Lynch School of Education