The second LaunchU Collegiate Pitch Competition happened at Southern Adventist University located in Collegedale, Tennessee. The CoLab INC team had the opportunity to work with SAU’s business department and Enactus Team to organize this event.
It started in the evening of Thursday, February 26th with a short worship thought offered by Kymone Hinds, speaker, author and life coach. Finalists then proceeded to pitch their ideas to the panel of judges composed of many local, renown entrepreneurs including Christine Waldrop, James Goodwin, Lucky Ramsey, Jeremy Weaver and special guest, Kevin Welch. Pitches presented a wide range of industries from technology and innovation to marketing and lifestyle.
After much deliberation, the judges picked and awarded prizes to the top 3 pitches of the night as follows:
- 1st – SMR – $5,000 & 5 hour Mentorship
- 2nd – JenComm – $3,000 &5 hour Mentorship
- 3rd – Live Inspired, Love Harder – $2,000
Isaac Fernandez won 1st place at the pitch competition with his company SMR- Systematic Medical Referral. His project focuses on using an electronic system to optimize waiting times and medical referrals for hospital and clinic patients.
Our second place winners were siblings, Matt and Kristi Jensen, who started JenComm. Their company is in early operating stages and focuses on a SEO (Search Engine Optimization) service for small businesses in the Collegedale & Chattanooga area.
Finally,Nathalia Levterova took home the 3rd prize with her brand, Live Inspired, Love Harder. Nathalia aims to promote a spiritual, God-centered lifestyle focusing on handcrafted journals and apparel. Visit her website, www.liveinspiredloveharder.com and follow her on her social media handles @nathalieadventures, and @liveinspiredloveharder.
LaunchU 2020 at Southern Adventist University would have not been possible without the help from the students, faculty, staff, and the Enactus & CoLab teams. Isaac Fernandez shared, “The LaunchU judges not only gave me an insight into different aspects of my company, but also provided me with help regarding the steps to take next. The $5,000 in capital from this competition will cover the early developments of SMR, and go toward helping to find investors for the project.” We are excited to keep promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in the collegiate community.