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Second Annual Pitch Challenge

The Foundry held its second successful Pitch Challenge on April 8, 2018. Sponsored by BNP Paribas and Focus Opportunity Fund, the competition featured 26 teams of 42 students who pitched their ideas, with winners sharing a total of $20,000 in prizes to help fund their startups.


In 1st place: Paul Sieradzki, FCLC ’14, and Dan Downs, FCLC ’13, of R3 Printing, a 3D-printing company making printers safe, efficient, and fast. Read Dan’s article to see more on his journey to success.


In 2nd place was one of the Foundry’s resident businesses, KindMind. Team members Mariella Sypa, FCRH ’19, Elijah Bullard, GSAS ’16, Weiyu Shen, GSAS ’16, Elle Bernfeld, LMSW, and Steven Sypa put forth an app that offers direct access to mental health treatment via video therapy.


In 3rd place was Safiyyah Edwards, FCRH ’21, with BookIt, an app that allows students to see and reserve available study spots on campus.


In 4th place were Grant Hastings and Jack Keegan, both Gabelli ’21, with Royal Guard Bracelets. Royal Guard provides accessible, usable, and fashionable self-defense products to blend with everyday life.


The People’s Choice Award was given to Liam Scott, FCRH ‘21, and Joe Zoyhofski and Alex TenBarge, both Gabelli ’21, of What’s Cooking, a website that connects communities by bridging the gap between people who want to offer a home-cooked meal and people who crave home-cooking.

Congratulations to all participants and winners! We look forward to seeing where these businesses go and what new ideas will be presented next year.

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