On March 4th, five Terp start-ups will compete for $3,500 in funding at the semi-annual Pitch Dingman Competition, which will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Tyser Auditorium, Van Munching Hall. The finalists will each have 6 minutes to pitch their business before the UMD community.
An all-star panel of judges will select the most promising companies to walk away with the cash prizes. The audience will also have the chance to text-to-vote for their favorite company and award them the $500 Audience Choice Award. Make sure you register to attend and bring a friend to cast your votes at the competition!
Meet the finalists:
417 App Studio
Ghedalia Gold-Pastor, Mechanical Engineer (Fall 2016)
417 App Studios’ Puzzable is a social gaming mobile application that allows users to send pictures with a personalized message in the form of a jigsaw puzzle.
David Kriesberg, Mechanical Engineer (Fall 2016)
Ethan Reggia, Mechanical Engineer (Spring 2016)
The Auris Project has created a inexpensive, comfortable, stylish solution to unsteady earphones during physical activity. Auris Sport Attachments will secure any type of earphones so that you can focus on your performance, and not your ears.
Erika Binsley, D.M.A. French Horn Performance (Spring 2017)
Savorfying bars are the world’s first savory protein bars to contain seventeen grams of high-quality protein per serving and no added sugar. They were created to help people save time and money, while providing superior nutrition and delicious flavors.
Sanil Shah – Government and Politics with Technology Entrepreneurship (Spring 2016)
Nick Bentley – Criminal Justice with Technology Entrepreneurship (Spring 2017)
Adi Ayyakad – Computer Science and Linguistics with Technology Entrepreneurship (Spring 2017)
Kanay Patel – Mechanical Engineering with Engineering Leadership Development (Spring 2016)
Tabster is a mobile application that is redefining the restaurant experience by allowing customers to check-in and pre-order their food while waiting to be seated.
Elakian Kanakaraj, Computer Engineering (May 2016)
Avinash Satish, Finance and International Business (May 2016)
Karan Singh, Finance and Information Systems (May 2016)
Brandon Azzi, Finance and Information Systems (May 2016)
Evan Qi, Computer Engineering (May 2016)
Victus is a mobile application that allows users to request food to be delivered from restaurants within their local area. Users log onto the application and select what they wish to order while the deliverers can access these requests and choose whether to accept one. If accepted, wallets and taste buds are filled simultaneously.
The judges will include:
Asher Epstein, COO, Access Health Group
Harry Geller, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Liz Sara, CEO, Best Marketing LLC
Mark Walsh, Founder & CEO, Genius Rocket
Tien Wong, CEO, Opus8, Inc.
Support your fellow Terps and register to attend today at ter.ps/March4.