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Four Student Entrepreneurs Advance to Washburn Pitch Competition Finals Round

10/11/17 01:10 pm CDT

     Washburn University’s Pitch Competition is moving into its final round tomorrow with four competitors moving on to pitch their business ideas for a share of $25 thousand in prize money.

     The four have already survived the Knockout Round held at on October 3.  More than 60 students participated from Washburn University and the Washburn Institute of Technology, representing 51 teams in the competition.  Each team had three minutes to present their new business idea to a panel of three judges with the top four competitors advancing to the finals.

     The top four competitors and their business ideas are:

  • Andrew Foreman, Washburn sophomore, presented an idea for an app called Apposite Vocabulary, that is designed to encourage users to learn new words and incorporate them into everyday use
  • Axel Olin-Flores, Washburn freshman, pitched Hairpel, a product innovation for hair stylists and barbers to improve their clients’ experiences
  • Matt Spezia, Washburn junior, presented his idea for the next generation of parking meters and mapping utilizing GPS and a laser reader
  • Eric Watson, Washburn senior, pitched an idea for a social app called Hot Spot, which is intended to connect businesses and people; it will tell users what the scene is like at their favorite places in real time

     In addition, Washburn freshman Kiki Huang was awarded the top freshman entry for her pitch for a phone accessory designed to let the user hang it while using a public restroom.  Washburn Tech student Andrew Myers was awarded the top Washburn Tech student prize for his presentation of the Automated Hortus Hive, an automated Internet-connected system to streamline plant care and growth data.

     The Finals Round will be held Thursday, October 12 in Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.  The event begins with a banquet at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required.  For more information and to make reservations, contact Dr. David Price at 785-670-3258 or david.price@washburn.edu.

     The four winners and top freshman entry and the top Washburn Tech entry will split $25,000 in cash prizes awarded depending on their place in the finals round.  Prizes are made possible through a collaborative partnership with Go Topeka.

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