Seven student-run startups at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will have the chance to compete for $65,000 in seed money in the final round of the four-part innovation challenge hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.
Twelve student-led teams in the semi-finals of the competition on March 2 made five-minute pitches, describing their ventures and participating in a 10-minute question and answer session. The judges then selected seven of those teams to move on to the finals on April 2.
The competition first begins with the minute pitch competition, where teams are given 60 seconds to present ideas to judges – with no written business models or plans – and receive feedback. The judges award $2,500 in seed money to four teams, the top three finishers and the audience choice winner. The competition continues when teams present again with actual business models and a more polished elevator pitch. In this round, judges award $15,000 in seed money to select teams. Then the semi-finals determine the finalists and one winner in the finals wins the $65,000 prize. Meet the finalists:
Footcare by Nurses, LLC
FootCare by Nurses, LLC is an agency of board-certified foot care nurses that provide a skilled nursing service of medical grade foot care, enhancing overall health and well-being. The company administers 45-minute to one hour sessions, which include a full lower leg assessment, care, sharing of knowledge and a massage. Using the latest in non-toxic materials, foot care tools and technology are used to safely and gently tend to concerns such as long nails and fungal issues.
AdOutreach provides YouTube advertising services, online workshops and an automated platform to help businesses achieve meaningful results with digital video advertising.
Guide Dog is a navigation system which allows the blind and visually impaired to commute independently by recognizing people, objects and text.
eBiologics is focused on providing early detection of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, using a skin sensor patch that monitors bio-markers in your sweat.
Kinase is a low-cost, point-of-care platform for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Phytos Therapeutics designs, develops and licenses groundbreaking nanotechnology to address the growing dangers of infectious disease.
TernBooking is an online travel bank that matches customers a percentage of their savings towards travel.