And the winner in the first-ever Gibbons Pitch Contest is …
For the more than two-hour Shark Tank-like competition, hosted by iCube and Hyperspace Ventures, ten entrepreneurial-minded students pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges. Pitches comprised a three-to-eight-minute presentation, during which students discussed, among other factors, the problem their product will address, as well as their target market and business strategy. There was also a question and answer period.
Describing the goal of the contest, which took place on Feb. 15, Business educator Jim Baker, who is also an iCube moderator, said, “While the contest provided a platform for our students to pitch their ideas in a competitive environment…the real goal achieved was seeing them pitch ‘professionally’ to a live audience."
"It was an honor to see freshmen through seniors present as seasoned professionals,” said Jim Baker. "It was a wonderful night and we look forward to this becoming an annual event.”
He said students were able to do so because of their commitment 30 days earlier to attend Hyperspace and iCube Saturday boot camp and after school sessions. “It was an honor to see freshmen through seniors present as seasoned professionals,” he noted.” It was a wonderful night and we look forward to this becoming an annual event.”
Carlos Lima ’18 out-pitched the other contestants to come in First Place for his product idea, Chroma Shield, a self-tinting car windshield that reduces glare from sunlight. He received $1,000 to pursue his electrochromatic glass design.
Asked what he learned from participating in the contest Carlos said, “I learned that if you are motivated and willing to work hard, you can achieve anything you set your mind to achieving.” While he plans to study nursing in college, Carlos said he will continue developing Chroma Shield. “For me, nursing and this business are connected because they both are ways of giving back to the community and helping others,” he said.
List of contestants:
Emily Bradfield’18 and Elizabeth Crouse’18, Munch Money, an app to help people create a budget to afford healthy food while also providing recipes and dietary advice.
Isabella Verdicchio’19, Intentionally Positive (came in second and received $250), creates beaded bracelets and necklaces to help with self-esteem and awareness about anti-bullying.
Laine Freitag ’19, Wardrobe Wizard, an app designed to create a virtual wardrobe from your closet to help plan outfits, share them, or even buy new ones.
Mia Ferguson ’21, Positive Vibes Only, an app designed to provide a haven to talk about bullying, share challenges, and fine support.
Bridget Monahan’19, SOL (came in third and received $100) a mobile app to help people choose the right sunscreen based on multiple factors, including skin type, location, and weather.
Carlos Lima’18, Chroma Shield (See above)
Amy Lawson ’19, Falling Iguana, a non-profit jewelry company aimed at raising money to provide scholarships to underprivileged students in Costa Rica.
Will Lawson ’21, Get a Grip, A warming sleeve for tennis rackets for those who want to play in cold weather.
Sam Marcom ’18, The Carpactor, a trash compactor for cars.