Business Management Major Wins Pitch Competition

by Marie Rodriguez

kentia Kimpioka ’19 has advanced an environmentally pleasant opportunity to plastic bottles that are gaining a few tractions. “All Ways Green,” her “strategy to pollution,” these days gained the primary-place prize of $6,000 within the University’s Alvine New Venture Pitch Competition.

Discussing the want to cope with the plastic problem, Kimpioka, who’s additionally running with classmates to broaden a nonprofit organization to raise focus of social issues, supplied an idea – a bottle with an algae-based internal lining and a seed-paper based totally outdoors.

This event turned into aggressive,” stated Kimpioka, who additionally won Charger Startup Weekend with All Ways Green. “The competition was an exceptional enjoy, and it helped me to realize that my idea is viable and that human beings are supporting me.”

The judges, who blanketed the three marketers inducted into the University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hall of Fame, listened to 13 pitches – a few from groups, and others from students who, like Kimpioka, worked individually.

Students’ ideas covered a soccer schooling program for kids, solar-powered smartphones, and a bookshop merchandising machine. Donnie Willyard ’19 pitched “Flight Club,” a subscription-based totally, records analytics-driven craft beer transport provider that goals to copy the tasting experience of a brewery. Willyard’s pitch was provided the second-area prize of $4,000.

Earlier inside the semester, members attended six workshops to refine their thoughts and create their displays. Led through entrepreneurs or individuals of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department, the classes enabled students to network and found out approximately supply chains, business fashions, and advertising.

As they pitched their ideas, students recognized the hassle they had been addressing, their answer, their purchasers, and how, if they won, they would use the prize money to similarly their commercial enterprise undertaking.

As an alumnus, I consider it is essential to see the expertise that the University is growing,” said Paul Francese ’90 MBA, who served as one of the judges. “I become satisfied to percentage this enjoy with the students.”

Francese and his fellow judges have been so impressed with the pitches that they diagnosed three extra pitches as “honorable mentions” – along with the one made through Anthony Dicioccio ’19. A former army officer, Dicioccio pitched “SNAP Trainer,” which became inspired by means of his very own carrier.

“This competition gave me a possibility to grow each as a scholar and as an aspiring small commercial enterprise owner,” stated Dicioccio, an international commercial enterprise primary with a concentration in economics. “It is helpful for me to peer what my classmates are doing.”

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