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Winding Up for the Pitch (NYC)

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It's going to be a pitch perfect day on April 16 as budding entrepreneurs swing for the fence to take home $1,000 in cash for their original business idea at the Pace Pitch Contest.

On Thursday, April 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Bianco Room, Lubin’s Entrepreneurship Lab will be giving out some serious dough to some serious entrepreneurs. $1,000, in fact, to one perfect pitch; followed by $500 second place cash prize; and $250 third place prize.

The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur's idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

Each finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. In addition to broad participation at Pace, we have been pleased to welcome student competitors from a number of other universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Princeton, and Stanford.

This year's eight fastball-throwing finalists include:

Codapillar (Seidenberg students Olga Bogomolova and Julie Gauthier): an application that teaches web programming in a creative, social, and intuitive way. Codapillar is a web application and curriculum that break down the learning curve associated with coding and provide a social incentive to keep learners engaged in coding.

Crime Scan (Seidenberg students Wei Xia and Shane Duda): a lifestyle app designed to provide accurate information about criminal reports in your area. Using information from the crime map statistics from nyc.gov, Crime Scan provides up-to-date crime statistics for your entire area as well as for your individual location.

EaTcard (Lubin student Alexa McKenna): the first-ever loyalty card of its kind. EaTcard is specifically designed for university students to use on campus at their cafeteria. The EaTcard app allows students to “Earn and Track” rewards in their college or university’s cafeteria, eliminating the need to carry physical meal plan cards and several punch cards, which are inconvenient, easily lost, and slow down the payment process.

Go! Go! Feed! (Lubin students Bo Liu and Ni Mei; Seidenberg student Sukun Li): a free app designed for cooking and social networking. How do you cook delicious dishes when you do not have enough kinds of food? How do you develop friendships with others linked with food? How do you live a more colorful life with changes in dishes? Let Go! Go! Feed! tell you the secrets.

Independent Artist Charitable Foundation (Dyson ASDS student JohnRiley O'Handley): helps independent artists fund their projects and pursue their careers. IACF will establish itself as an umbrella charity to represent independent artists (operating as not-for-profit) to seek large donations on their behalf with the ability to offer tax credits.

My People App (Lubin student Cyrielle Eutrope and Seidenberg student Mariana Gomes da Motta Macedo): was designed to make your daily life easier. Tired of spending hours organizing your schedule? MyPeople App will do it for you. Connect your calendar application to our app, create a new task, add a description to it (deadline, effort, and priority), and we will take care of the rest.

Neta (Lubin students Sijia Pang and Yiqiu Gao): a social network platform that provides a unique navigation based networking function, which helps people who are under similar geographic locations immediately group together from a specific event or based on common interests or similarities.

RamPak (Dyson students and US veterans Robin Williams Jr. and Robert Huguenot): creates clean, disposable liners to existing hydration sources allowing safe drinking for soldiers or athletes on the go. Customers are primarily military members who must endure harsh environments with limited resources for long periods at a time.

Judges include Ian E. Scott, managing director, Scott Legal Services, P.C.; James Quick, technical evangelist, Microsoft; David Sederhold '73, EVP and COO, Strategic Funding Source, Inc.; and April Tam Smith, executive director, Morgan Stanley.

Last year’s winning pitch was a curve ball by Dyson student Paige Cecchi ’15 for SheerStock, a convenient monthly subscription service for women that delivers a variety of hosiery products, such as tights, stockings, and thigh-highs.

For more information on the Pace Pitch Contest and to register to attend, click here.

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