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Student Wins LaunchTN Pitch Competition

Belmont student and entrepreneurship major Sara Beth Perry recently participated in LaunchTN’s 36|86 Student Pitch Competition and won in her category, Technology Enabled, earning her $15,000. With the Band, Perry’s startup, is a platform that allows devoted fans, new artists, songwriters and established artists the opportunity to engage and connect in a collaborative way.

Belmont was also represented by two other teams including Annabelle Bright and Jacob Kissamiss, Bloom Brightly Paper Co., in the Consumer Goods/Services category and Alex Wieseler, a current MBA student, who pitched PATH EX in the Commercialized Technology category and won.

Last fall, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Elizabeth Gortmaker applied to become a LaunchTN University Venture Challenge partner and received the largest partnership amount from the organization which sponsored Belmont’s recent Business Plan Competition. As a UVC partner, the winners from Belmont’s competition could apply to pitch at 36|86, LaunchTN’s premiere technology event. With the Band and Bloom Brightly Paper Co. were both chosen to pitch at the event.

Gortmaker said, “LaunchTN’s 36/86 Conference is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to network and learn. We were thrilled to have four Belmont students selected to pitch their businesses this year. The students selected to pitch represented the best of the best from universities around the state, and having representation in three of the 13 selected businesses shows the fantastic work our students are doing.”

(Featured image L to R: Gortmaker and Perry pose with Perry’s check.)