Horn Entrepreneurship held its 2021 Fall Pitch Party virtually this past Wednesday. In this event, students are able to pitch ideas for business ventures with the possibility of winning awards and prizes.
The evening was hosted by Faculty Director of Venture Support Vince DiFelice and Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club) president Isabella Duarte.
Students are given 90 seconds to make their pitch to a panel of judges composed of Horn alumni and entrepreneurs who then provide initial feedback. This year’s judging panel included Emma Lynch, a Market Associate at Siegfried Group, Isabelle Hughes, a Solutions Advisor at Tyler Technologies, and Sury Gupta, founder of 360VR Technology.
With a total of 20 teams participating, the event provided the students with a unique opportunity to gain pitching and presentation experience while receiving support and encouragement from fellow entrepreneurship students.
Students and teams were split into two competition categories, a Beginner’s Track and an Advanced Track.
In the Beginner’s Track, superlatives were awarded to the following student teams:
Most Creative: Bee & Blossom by Talia Collier
Most Interesting: Metamorphic Housing Solutions by Carlos Benito
Most Promising: ShareWallet by Jason Bangser
Most Motivated: New Age Gym by Aidan Moffa
3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners of the Beginners Track received, respectively, $250, $500, and $750 worth of reimbursable funds towards customer discovery. Winners of this track were:
3rd Place: Wardrobe Icon by Gerald Berman
2nd Place: ReTeen by Bridget Bergan and Nathaniel George
1st Place: ShareWallet by Jason Bangser
In the Advanced Track, superlatives were awarded to the following student teams:
Most Creative: Rams Head by Karl Green
Most Interesting: Crypto Crate by Alexander Pugliese
Most Promising: Common Ground by Lynn Roberts
Most Motivated: Special Space by Domenic Massimo
All top 3 winners in the Advanced Track received an automatic berth to the Hen Hatch Semifinals. Winners of this track were:
3rd place: Common Grounds by Lynn Roberts
2nd place: Special Space by Domenic Massimo
1st place: StatusQ by Mo Mahmood
About Horn Entrepreneurship
Horn Entrepreneurship serves as the creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at the University of Delaware. Currently ranked among the best entrepreneurship programs in the US, Horn Entrepreneurship was built and is actively supported by successful entrepreneurs, empowering aspiring innovators as they pursue new ideas for a better world.