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Ten student venture teams will have the opportunity to win one of four $5,000 grants at the Concept $5K finals today. Six out of ten ventures have founders that are current or former students of the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business.
Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 virus, there will be no live pitch competition event this semester. Instead, the finalists will submit their three-minute video pitches to the judges who will assess the teams remotely.
Keep reading to learn more about this semester's finalists.
Vision Spatial Technologies
Sam Dugan, CEO of Vision Spatial Technologies (VST), is currently working on his venture in the Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) program. VST is building a computer vision powered traffic light that improves safety and reduces the liability of ski resorts.
Aileen Agada, a former BET 300 - Foundations of Venture Creation and E Co-op student, has created an online platform that connects black women with hairstylists that meet their hair care needs. BeBlended allows clients to search, book and pay for their hair services while stylists gain an active client base, an automated booking system and a reliable marketing platform.
Dan Stranart and Luke Wiersma, co-founders of SMRT Coat and current BET 300 students, have developed a spray-on and colour-changing-upon-impact solution that focuses on concussion detection.
Christina Guo, a current Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) student and founder of Little You, has developed a rewarding app that allows children to create, sell and share their 3D characters with a pre-designed template. Adults can purchase creative models that were designed by children, which will be 3D printed and delivered right to the customer's door.
Krishna Priya is a current MBET student and the founder of Home Scouts: an online platform helping individuals settle into a home far away from home, with zero added worries.
iuvoderm, is a venture that is currently creating a wound dressing to aid in the healing process of diabetic foot ulcers through antimicrobial and drug diffusion. The antimicrobial drug-loaded dressing provides an all-in-one solution to the increasing diabetic foot ulcer problem while ensuring high patient compliance and affordable costs. One of the co-founders is a BET 300 student.
Want to watch the pitches? Check them out on the Concept YouTube channel.
For more information about the $5k Finals, read the Concept blog here.