Jake deHahn at the iPrize

VPA Industrial and Interaction design student Jacob deHahn was the big winner of the iPrize for his startup Bowtie Boulevard, with iSchool Dean Liz Liddy

Winners of the 2019 RvD iPrize competition and the Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards have been announced. The event featured $40,000 in prizes through the Raymond von Dran (RvD) Fund at the iSchool, and $10,000 in Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards through an award by the family of Hunter Brooks Watson, a rising iSchool junior who died tragically in a distracted driving accident.  Watson would have graduated this May 2019.

RvD iPrize winners:

Technology and Entertainment:

  • TravSwap, $4,000, Connor Peterson (iSchool)
  • PushVR, $3,000, Aru Banks (iSchool & College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • CLLCTVE, $4,000, Kelsey Davis (Newhouse School)
  • Promptous, $2,000, Joshua Jackson (iSchool)
  • Bluebird English, $1,000, Nidra Kilmer (College of Visual and Performing Arts)

Consumer Products and Services:

  • Bowtie Blvd., $7,000, Jacob Dehahn (College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • LatchKey, $4,000, Jonathan Gregory (Whitman School of Management)
  • Titan Brand, $2,000, Hailee Pitcher (College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Spazio, $1,000, Matteo Broccolo (College of Visual and Performing Arts)

AgTech and Food:

  • FEI Tech, $1,500, Chenghao Zhang (Whitman School of Management)
  • Blood, Sweat, and Beers, $1,500, Amanda Rylee (Whitman School of Management)

Energy and Environment:

  • PAANI, $3,000, Nikita Chatterjee (College of Arts and Sciences)

MedTech and Wellness:

  • MedUX, $6,000, Alex Gillinder (College of Visual and Performing Arts)

Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award Recipients

(Each company was awarded $2,500)

  • Muted Ariel Systems (M.A.S.)
  • MedUX
  • OptechVR
  • PAANI

Learn more about the competition and winners in this iSchool story by JD Ross:  https://ischool.syr.edu/articles/news/view/2019-rvd-iprize-spirit-of-entrepreneurship-award-winners-announced