Pitch George

Student Entrepreneurs Shine at 2014 Pitch George Competition

$11,500 in prizes awarded to students with the next big idea at the 7th annual competition

During the 2014 Pitch George Competition on Saturday, November 15th, budding student entrepreneurs pitched their new venture ideas to expert judges to compete for cash investments. Students competed in three separate tracks – GW Graduate Students, GW Undergraduate Students and High School Students.

More than 75 individuals competed for a total of $11,500 in prizes at the entrepreneurial event hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) and sponsored by the School of Business, the School of Applied Engineering and Science, and the Office of Entrepreneurship.

“We think it’s important for entrepreneurially inclined students to experience this process in a safe environment,” said Dr. George Solomon, Director, CFEE and Associate Professor of Management, GWSB. “This is a launching pad for people with very early stage ideas, and it offers support for piloting the next steps of bringing a business to life.”

After the semi-final round of competition in the morning, 15 teams moved on to compete in the finals, where they presented their business pitches to a team of judges one last time.

1st Place High School Winner: Wrap It Up by Clean Table

Highschool Winners of Pitch George 2014
Wrap it up by Clean Table by High School Students Carmen Musso and Kyle Laker took home 1st place in their track for their invention Wrap It Up, a tablecloth that doubles as a trash bag for easy clean-up at the end of an event. 

1st Place Undergraduate Winner: Quorum

Undergrad Winners of Pitch George 2014
Undergrad track participants Joshua Horne and Alex Wirth won 1st place for their online legislative strategy platform Quorum, which allows hard to find data and difficult calculate statistics to be viewed easily in order to make legislative strategy decisions. 

 1st Place Graduate Winner: Palmar Plantar

Grad Winners of Pitch George 2014
For the graduate track, Steven Pazan and Jeff Griffith were selected as 1st place winners for their business Palmar Plantar, providing a suite of revolutionary exercise, strength and flexibility training devices aimed at improving the rehabilitation process and sports performance applications. 

The Final Pitch

The three 1st place winners were then pitted against each other to deliver one final pitch for the fan favorite award. Not only did they pitch from actual elevators, but the pitches were live streamed into a classroom in Duques Hall where an audience voted for their favorite to determine the winner. The concept of the elevator pitch reinforces the idea that students need to be focused and enthusiastic in their approach in order to capture the attention and support of potential investors. In the end, the High School team Wrap It Up by Clean Table made the most passionate pitch and took home the final fan favorite prize of $500.

In addition to winning a cash prize, the winning teams from the graduate and undergraduate tracks will have the opportunity to advance directly to the semifinals of the widely recognized GW Business Plan Competition.

Other successful teams in the competition include:

High School

2nd Place – Keep Awake, Deanna Moore
3rd Place – 4b4, Eden Elam.

Undergraduate

2nd Place – DOUGHP, Alex Feldman & Leyla Kravitz
3rd Place – A*M*M*O, Ryan Dirksen

Graduate

2nd Place – SignOut, Uchechi Iweala
3rd Place – CircaHealth, Amy Rutkowske & Laira Roth