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Venture Creation Competition

Welcome to the
2014 VCU Venture Creation Competition

If you have an idea, concept, and/or technology for a real venture and are a VCU student, we encourage you to participate in the 2014 VCU Venture Creation Competition (VCC). VCC participants learn first-hand what venture creation means and the necessary elements for moving an idea/concept/technology forward towards becoming a real venture. Those students selected as VCC finalists compete for cash prizes and in-kind services that can be used to realize the commercial potential of the respective concept, invention, and/or technology.

The VCU Venture Creation Competition comprises an undergraduate division and a graduate division. Each division offers a $4,000 first prize; $3,000 second prize; $2,000 third prize; and two $1,000 finalist awards. The finals of the VCU VCC will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

All currently enrolled VCU students are eligible to participate in the VCU Venture Creation Competition. It is strongly encouraged that students participate in the Competition as teams that include students across disciplines. Non-VCU students such as students from other universities, VCU faculty, VCU staff, VCU alumni, and local residents can be team members too, but 50% of the team must be currently enrolled VCU students and only VCU students can give the final presentation to the judges.

2014 Finalists (teams listed in alphabetical order)

UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION

G33K3D Industries

Video-game currency exchange

    • Justin Sawyer, School of Business / Entrepreneurship, Class of 2014
    • Marvin Elliott, School of Business / Entrepreneurship, Class of 2014
    • Semaj Kemp 

mySound

Hands-free music recommendation software

    • George Pottanat, College of Humanities & Sciences / Applied Mathematics, Class of 2014
    • Dylan Halpern, School of the Arts / Graphic Design, Class of 2015
    • Milgo Yonis, School of the Arts / Graphic Design, Class of 2014
    • Tucket Wash, School of Engineering / Computer Science, Class of 2016
    • Robert Gray

One Step At a Time

The name of our product is Cush. Cush is a cushion specifically designed for wheelchair users to help aid in the prevention of pressure ulcers.

    • Calvin Peterson, School of Business / Entrepreneurship, Class of 2014
    • Kaitlin Taylor, School of Business / Business & Finance, Class of 2014
    • Wallace Pitts, School of Business / Business, Class of 2014
    • Elliot Roth, School of Engineering / Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2016

RendeZoo

A mobile/web software application which allows users to post and discover local events as well as link local business with patrons. RendeZoo fosters physical interaction by bringing heightened awareness of local events to like-minded community members via curated visuals.

    • John Cannady, School of Business / Economics, Class of 2014
    • Georges Aguehounde, Alumni

Team PENdulum

PENdulum is a not-for-profit with the commitment to empower HIV-positive youth in Mbabane, Swaziland through long-term written connections with U.S. college students. This sustainable venture will partner with HIV centers in Swaziland and create a formal webinar series to provide volunteers the tools to be empowerment catalysts for HIV youth.

    • Sahil Aggarwal, College of Humanities & Sciences / Biology major with minors in Chemistry, General Business, and Psychology, Class of 2015
    • Ahsan Ahmad

GRADUATE DIVISION

Gametrotter

With nearly half of American households having two or more gaming platforms, not being able to find friends when a gamer switches games or consoles is frustrating. Our solution is Gametrotter, a mobile-based social network that allows users to search for friends using character names, user names, or real names.

    • Samuel Hensley, VCU Brandcenter,  MS in Branding / Creative Brand Management, Class of 2014
    • CJ Milhoan, VCU Brandcenter,  MS in Branding / Creative Brand Management, Class of 2014
    • Garrett Lyons, VCU Brandcenter,  MS in Branding / Creative Brand Management, Class of 2015
    • Chad Woods, VCU Brandcenter,  MS in Branding / Creative Technology, Class of 2014
    • Nelson Johnson, VCU Brandcenter,  MS in Branding / Creative Technology, Class of 2015

 

Memento

Memento is a smart wristband that connects directly to a networking app and keeps a record of the people that a user meets through a simple trigger: the handshake. This provides an effortless way for business professionals to connect during large events such as conferences.

    • Toliver Roebuck, VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Art Direction, Class of 2014
    • Demian Kendall, VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Copywriting, Class of 2014
    • Lauren Ulmer, VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Creative Brand Management, Class of 2014
    • Skylar Roebuck, Alumni

 

Southern Cream Tea

Our Venture Concept is Southern Cream Tea, a RTD beverage taking the addicting elixir of the South, and one-upping it with cream. The specific ingredients used are critical to its unique taste and work as marketable differentiators. It is brewed black tea, sweetened with simple syrup, blended with 2% low-temp pasteurized milk and served cold. The blend will be a carefully tested ratio of 65/35 tea to milk and finally vacuum packed in glass to preserve freshness. The milk will be sourced from local dairy farms, a promoted unique value proposition of the drink. Milk pasteurized at the lower temperature than nationally distributed milk retains whole milk’s thickness, richness, and host of nutrients without the fat. The tea would be sourced from the only remaining tea plantation in the U.S., the Charleston Tea Company. The partnership would reduce costs eliminating need for pricey Chinese tea importation as well be a marketable sense of Southern pride.

    • Marisa Impellizzeri, VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Creative Brand Management, Class of 2014
    • Katie Long, VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Communication Strategy, Class of 2014

 

Tagather

Tagather is a social shopping platform where consumers tag recent purchases in images they take to earn rewards in the form of coupons and gift cards. Tagather also provides businesses with a current conversation around purchased items, consumer to consumer marketing, consumer wants and needs and more accurate consumer analytics.

    • Karen Hymes,VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Creative Technology, Class of 2014

 

Team Vida

Food waste is a major problem in the US-particularly for produce. The reason for this comes from consumers’ expectation of cosmetic perfection-leading grocery stores to discard thousands of pounds of produce every year. Team Vida would like to transform this “throw away” produce in to delicious, all-natural fruit and vegetable bars.

    • Jonathan Sekerak,VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Creative Brand Management, Class of 2014
    • Garrick Sheldon, VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Copywriting, Class of 2014
    • Plautz Rick, VCU Brandcenter, MS in Branding / Art Direction, Class of 2014
    • Wynn Buzzell

 

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Registration is now closed.

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors

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In-Kind Sponsors