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Students Pitch Their Business Ventures to Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Ten student entrepreneur groups recently competed in a business pitch competition hosted by Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The competition resembled the style of ABC show “Shark Tank.” Each student had two minutes to pitch their business concept to the judges and one minute to respond to the judges’ questions.

Justin Bavier took home first place of $500 for his business, Dime, an app that integrates charitable giving into users’ daily lives. According to Bavier, Dime’s goal is to “make giving to charities effortless.” Bavier and his team are currently members of the Accelerator, a program within the Center for Entrepreneurship that gives students the resources they need to start or run their business ventures.

The second and third place prizes of $200 and $100 went home with Suzanna Stapler’s Squillustrate and Ryan Reisdorf’s PlaceMat.

The competitors included:

  • Brett McCauley: Vibe Life Co.
  • Reggie Ordonez: Grind Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Fitness
  • Justin Bavier, Ben Miner and Heather Flanagin: Dime
  • Emily Waddell: The Honest Consumer
  • Austin Woodruff and Tyler Traeger: Runway Audio
  • Suzanna Stapler: Squillustrate
  • Rok Jung: Quistler, Inc.
  • Jordon Washington: College In Color
  • Ryan Reisdorf: PlaceMat
  • Quita Daughtery: The Creative Collective

Judging the competition were Dan Hogan, Ben Cooper, Hannah Davis, Scott Rouse, Victoria Kopyar and Jocelyn Youndahl.

This event was part of Belmont’s celebration of Global  Entrepreneurship Week.  The next event will celebrate Belmont’s student-run businesses, House of and Boulevard Record Shop, on Saturday, Nov. 18 at their locations.

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