OMAHA – About 150 students with an original business idea entered the 2016 BigIdea! Elevator Pitch Contest.
The contest began on Monday, Oct. 10, when all contestants performed 90-second pitches in front of panels of Omaha entrepreneurs and business experts.
Twelve finalists pitched in front of a live audience on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Mammel Hall.
- Nathan Brtek: Block Lift
- Erin Dabbs: Drive-Off
- Jake Ferrin: Flash
- Brevan Jorgenson: CIST / ECON 2400
- Connor Kelley: Study Point
- Courtney Kusmierski: Programmable pet food bowl
- Quinn Nelson: Order Pay Eat
- Hannah Olson: Hannah Caroline Couture Bridal
- Erin Rhoten: Simply Sweet Bakery
- Spencer Robinson: Gig Smart
- Chris Winchester: DIY Bow Tie
- Collin Wyler: Go Now
Business student Erin Dabbs won first place for DriveOff, an app that incentivizes drivers to stay off their phones. Her prizes include $1,000 and a trip to Tampa, Florida, for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization national conference.
Runners up included:
- Connor Kelley, second place
- Collin Wyler, third place
- Brevan Jorgenson, outstanding nonprofit/social venture
For more information about this competition, visit http://cba.unomaha.edu/bigidea.
Direct questions to Dale Eesley, director of UNO's Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising: firstname.lastname@example.org
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