SEP Pitch Competition Winners
The WBENC Pitch Competition is a two-round evaluation elevator pitch competition hosted at the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair awarding $20,000 in seed capital. The competition promotes women entrepreneurship and small business development by focusing on student created, managed, and owned ventures. Students pitch their businesses to a live audience and panel of judges who provide expert feedback.
Danya Sherman, Junior, George Washington University
Danya is the Founder of KnoNap a safety company which creates napkins that can detect for rape drug presence.
Lauren Cornell, PhD Candidate, UT Health Science Center
Lauren Co-Founded NovoThelium in 2015, a company focused on improving nipple reconstruction for women who have undergone mastectomy.
Lisa Guerrera, Masters Student, Manhattan College
Lisa is the CEO and Co-Founder of Skinno, an app that deciphers skincare ingredients helping people pick the right products.
Audrey Awasom, Senior, University of Maryland College Park
Audrey is the Founder and CEO of Noble Uprising, a non-profit organization that empowers homeless women with career resources and employment.
Whitney Jones, MBA Candidate, Columbia College
Whitney started Liv once realizing affordable, quality garments that keeps up with your calendar didn’t exist.
Jenny Leung, MBA Candidate, University of California Los Angeles
Jenny Leung is the Founder of BellaNove to address career women and soon-to-be-moms need for maternity wear.
Senior, Hofstra University
Pitch: FLARE creates a platform for underrepresented consumers to conveniently schedule, book, and pay for services by hair professionals, and for professionals to increase clientele and manage booking.
Senior, University of Miami
Pitch: Wambi is a digital platform where patients can be heard through leaving anonymous reviews of their providers and providers can receive recognition.
Senior, Prairie View A&M University
Pitch: Xplosion works to help athletes who want to improve, but are not sure how to train differently. Through the use of a mobile app and wearable sensors, Xplosion empowers athletes to reach their full potential through their own performance data.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Pitch: CARDEA SCIENCES is developing a novel heart monitor to risk-stratify patients with Atrial Fibrillation earlier in the course of the disease based on hemodynamic effect.
Sophomore, East Carolina University
Pitch: Freshspire is a mobile application that connects consumers in real-time to local grocer markdowns. Our mission is to increase accessibility to nutritious foods, help grocers capitalize on lost revenue, and reduce food waste.
Junior, Florida State University
Pitch: Campus Thrift is an online thrift store for college kids to buy and sell used goods.
Read more about the 2016 Pitch Competition winners in the WBENC blog.
Fon Powell, a PhD candidate at Cornell, pitched her Sodium Analyte Level Test (S.A.L.T.), a medical device used at home to manage conditions including hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and kidney stones by measuring urine salt levels using a disposable stick and mobile app.
Jasmine Curtis, a recent graduate from Cornell, pitched her line of natural hair care products, AvoCurl. The products are designed for men and women to moisturize, condition, strengthen, define curls, provide shine, and improve the overall health of naturally curly and textured hair. The formula encompasses mainly edible ingredients, which are chemical free.
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Naomi Thomas, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, pitched her educational program mytechlife, which offers an eight-week technology workshop series for K-12 students to learn STEM in a fun and interactive way using modern educational technology products.
"Where are they now?" Read more about the 2015 Pitch Competition Winners in the WBENC blog.