ACC InVenture Prize “Sweet 16” finalists selected: see the pitches on February 22 in Bird Library

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Campus judges have announced the Sweet Sixteen finalists for the campus round of the ACC InVenture Prize on Friday, February 22. The entire campus community is invited to come watch the open pitches in Bird Library, and join us for a reception celebrating student invention.  The event is the culmination of National Entrepreneurship Week and a celebration of #OrangeInnovation at Syracuse University.

The February 22 campus competition schedule is:

  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Check in and hospitality in the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, first floor of Bird Library
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Team pitches in Bird Library rooms 606 and 608
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Open reception and concurrent closed judging to pick the first place winner who will go on to the finals at NC State, April 16 – 17
  • 5:30 p.m. – Judges announce the winner in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library

The Sweet Sixteen founders are (in alphabetical order):

  • Alec Gillinder and Quinn King, MedUX
  • Angelica O’Hare, Prioritage
  • Brianna Howard and Nikita Chatterjee, Paani
  • Caleb Obiagwu, SYRE Tech LLC
  • Charles Keppler & Serena Ogie Evah Omo Lamai, Fibre Free
  • Daniel McMurray, SWIP
  • Emma Sargent, C29
  • Jaclyn Hingre, Halo
  • Jianqiu Jiang, Watson FitPet
  • Josh Jackson, Promptous
  • Kelsey Davis, CLLCTVE Agency
  • Matt Shumer, OptechVR
  • Michael Yacubov, Compress-Aid
  • Patrick Riolo, Artemis Wand
  • Peter Mignacca, TowelVAC
  • Teodoro Delellis, GiraTech

Judges for the event will be CNY business, industry and civic leaders, along with members of the Syracuse University innovation ecosystem to pick the Atlantic Coast Conference’s best entrepreneurs battle it out Shark Tank-style, as 14 student teams of the ACC will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to the 4th annual ACC Inventure Prize Competition.

Member institutions of the ACC will hold internal competitions to identify the best team to represent their institution at this year’s ACC InVenture Prize. During the two rounds of competition, judges will evaluate each team on their quality of idea, business model, entrepreneurship, and probability of success. The final round will be broadcast live on television by Public Broadcasting Service affiliates down the east coast. Student participants will engage in a variety of innovation and startup activities while in Raleigh and also present their work following the final competition to audience members, the public, and potential investors.

To learn more about the ACC InVenture Prize:

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