757 Pitch is a bi-monthly, open-to-the-public pitch competition for new, scalable, high-growth business ideas. Five competitors each have seven minutes to deliver their pitch, followed by five minutes of Q&A. The winner is awarded $757 cash, access to the resources of the ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrerpeneurship, and a one-year membership to BizConnect.
All competitors benefit from candid feedback given by the judges and audience, along with publicity and practice pitching their venture.
The event is organized through a collaboration between StartWheel and ODU, and sponsored by BizConnect.
At the end of the night, there could only be one winner—that spot went to MustWants, presented by Co-Founder Scott Hayford.
MustWants is “for Real Estate Buyers seeking to improve their prioritization and organizational search for the best home to fit their personal needs while greatly improving Real Estate Brokers in insight of their clients needs in a home, and ultimately close faster and more efficiently on the home.”
Below are the rest of the pitches—in no particular order. We applaud all of our competitors for putting on such a great show, and for their ambitions of starting the next big venture here in Hampton Roads.
“For women ages 18-35 who have trouble finding their makeup shade, we offer a solution called DUMIX. Our product will allow users to mix two shades of foundations allowing the user to get the exact shade of makeup needed. This new invention will disrupt the beauty industry’s exclusive shade range model to a more inclusive one so women all colors can have the personalized makeup experience they deserve.”
“Armor is a social media network that focuses on in-person communication, unlike most social media communication which is done via direct messaging, voice chat, or video using the internet. Armor wants to help its users communicate effectively in person, too. Armor equips users with the courage to speak in person with acquaintances or complete strangers, without fear of invading someone’s personal space. Clients use Armor to let each other know whether they are open for conversation in person and what they are comfortable discussing. Armor aims to makes in-person communication more comfortable and effective.”
“Dog Perk is an indoor recreation space catering to Hampton Roads dog owners seeking a dog-friendly facility with amenities including: climate control, artificial turf, wifi, communal work stations, extended hours and bathing stations. With an ongoing conflict between local residents and dog park patrons, Dog Perk will be an alternative place for dogs to expend their energy at any time in the day. To ensure a safe environment, all dogs must be registered, evaluated and show proof of current vaccination prior to entry.”
“AGLX combines the transportable leadership and teamwork lessons from elite military teams with complexity science to create agile, safe, and resilient organizations. This combination targets 80% of the factors that limit team and organizational performance and is scalable where people work in teams with technology. Our Next Generation Edge™ products and services connect to leading Operational Excellence, Lean, and Agile practices and are 100% military inspired. This is why we believe that the best people who can deliver The Next Generation Edge™ are those who lived it.”
The next 757Pitch will be held on January 15, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:30pm, venue TBD.
Applications for 757Pitch are accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted at 757Pitch.org.
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