Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 3 - A Summary of the IT & Media Track

The IT & Media event was a big success with 10 well executed pitches.

Our distinguished judges for the IT & Media track were:
David Samuel, Co-Founder of Freestyle Capital
Jesse Lipson '00, Founder and CEO of ShareFile
Joe Velk '85, Founder of Contender Capital

A brief rundown on the night:

After introductions, David Samuel gave a great talk he called, “Pitch to Prototype” where he talked about his experiences building companies. Specifically, he talked about founding, co-founding, and one of the recent investments he has made.

Following the intro we heard pitches from:

Eddie Oistacher who pitched QuietNest - Provides Active Noise Cancellation(ANC) products to reduce noise pollution in home and office environments while allowing free air movement.

Andrew First who pitched Power2Go - This is a novel and fun way to charge mobile devices using cutting-edge power generation technology. Any pitch that start with pushups

Riccardo Reati who pitched iCampus - e-learning on-line service targeting SMEs, non-profit and schools, providing them with a cheap and easy-to-use on-line platform for delivering training.

Brendan Farmer who pitched National Field - Online platform that helps organizations run more efficiently. Formed during the Obama campaign and currently used by political campaigns at all levels.

Anthony Sparks who pitched Yow Show - Slogan: At Yow Show, It's Yo Show, Fa Sho! Yow Show is a web site that allows users to profit through amateur videos they post on the site.

Kelly Waldman who pitched Food4U - A website that has food order forms for the Merchants on Points restaurants. Use your food points or flex to order without the hassle of calling the restaurant.

Yingyi Shen who pitched 21-Watt - 21-Watt focuses on providing a platform for undergraduate researchers in the United States to present their scientific works.

Ben Cohen and Dan Ramiro who pitched DEVILHEEL - DEVILHEEL is a news Web site focused on the two most nationally prominent college basketball programs in the country: Duke and UNC. Ben Cohen

Samiron Ray who pitched Know It, Win It - The problem: math and science skills in the US. A solution: a website that will unconventionally reward students for educational success.

Andrew Joiner and Brian who pitched AdStream - AdStream: introducing Symbiotic Advertising. Connecting advertisers with target markets through personalized desktop ads.

The winners from the night were:

Judges Choice Award: National Field
Audience Choice Award: AdStream
Judges Runner Up: DEVILHEEL

A big thank you to all of the entrepreneurs, judges, audience members, and organizers for helping make this a wonderful event. We hope to see you at the finals event on November 20th, from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at Fuqua in the Geneen Auditorium.

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