On July 31st I had the opportunity to represent SAP at a vibrant university startup showcase in Chicago.
DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center along with Michigan State University, Purdue University, and University of Illinois System’s Discovery Partners Institute hosted the event at 1871 to explore the best university startups in Chicago. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni from each of the universities were invited to attend along with anyone interested in the innovation ecosystem. Each university selected five student teams and each team had a display table to talk about their business idea. I was able to vote for my favorite business idea from each university. The top team receiving the most votes from each university then competed in a live 5-minute pitch with Q&A before the judges who awarded $8000 to the Final Four Teams.
Three of these schools are members of SAP University Alliances and the other is an active prospect for joining our community. This event served as a great way to connect with the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Chicago and showcase the best student startups from these fine universities.
The companies competing at the Final Four Business Pitch are listed below.
Greenwood Project, Bevon Joseph, greenwoodproject.org
Universala Esports, Esteban Perez, universalaesports.com
Damned Damsels, Meghan Conwell, damneddamsels.com
Neon Jungle, Mike Schulz, neonjungle.online
Digital Springboard, Lance Sanderson, digitalspringboard.io
Michigan State University
Lingco Language Labs, Seth Killian, lingco.io
Agile Care Solutions, Bailey Paxton, useagilecare.com
Hidlo Studios, James Shockley, hidlostudios.com
Vloggle, Michael Jajou, vloggleapp.com
Every Two Minutes, Erin Rose and Kayla Schindler, mysidekickapp.io
MediTrak Life, Humphrey Kanyoke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirrow Therapeutics, David Arick, email@example.com
Froyo Xpress, Robert Marek Davis, froyoxpress.com
Leo Aerospace, Dane Ruby, leoaerospace.com
Predictive Wear, Dane Albaugh, predictivewear.com
University of Illinois System
Addit, Matt Hutchison, firstname.lastname@example.org
Displayone, Eddy Mejia, getdisplayone.com
Ringwing, Benjamin Khachaturian, catchringwing.com
Snapclips, Martin Dimitrov, snapclips.com
Vitrix Health, Aashay Patel, vitrixhealth.com