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Spelpreneur 2019 Pitch Night

Spelpreneur Pitch Competition WinnersThe grand prize winner received a $1,000 educational stipend; 1st runner-up winner received a $500 educational stipend, and the two teams that tied for 2nd runner up each received a $250 educational stipend. Pictured are the grand prize winners of Uni, with their mentors.

2019 Competition Highlights

  • Nine teams participated in the 2019 Spelpreneur 10 Day Startup Competition  
  • Spelman students identified problems in the industries of food, entertainment, fashion, beauty, and services.
  • Teams were matched with mentors and collaborated with the Spelman Innovation Lab
  • Over 100 people attended Pitch Night to cheer the students and celebrate their success  
  • This year's expert panel of judges included: Joyelle Harris, Ph.D., C’2001, co-director or Create-X Learn, Georgia Tech; Nicole Jones C’95, Global Innovation Leader, Delta; Millicent Springs-Campbell, management instructor, Spelman College; Munson Steed, CEO, Steed Media Group (dba Rolling Out).
 

 

And the Winners Are . . .

pitch night grand prize winners

Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize winner was Uni, a marketplace for college services where college students can book services with their classmates. 

Team Members:
Jordan Bogans, Amari Cash, Jandolyn Washington.

 

pitch night first runner up

First Runner-Up

Ilha Cosmetics, a natural face primer.

Team Members:
Unique Akinloye, Jasming Jones.

 

Ties for Second Runner-Up

Besties, supportive heels for young adults that compliment their lifestyle.

Team Members: Tagan Horton, Tennille Mack, and Ne'Ira Smith.

Go Bowl Smoothie, an online ordering and delivery service of Healthy Meal Replacement on Campus.

Team Members:
Bria Beauvais, Mya Coleman, Nia Dumas, Ayanna Fourte, and Christina Kingsberry.

Reflections from ...

33435147038_2efa0767a3_z Joey Womack, Founder/CEO, Amplify 4 Good: 
“The Spelman 10 Day Startup Challenge was the perfect platform to show the student's talent, leadership, and creativity. I've produced many competitions, and these startups are on par with some of the best in the country. I look forward to seeing moving forward how Spelman combines the students' interest in media, entertainment, fashion, and beauty with emerging tech to begin producing subject-matter experts and rising superstars.” 

Sonya C. Rush, Independent Consultant:
“I am so proud of the students for their achievement. While the competition is 10 days, fast-paced and intense, these students were passionate in learning and developing viable solutions to real problems. I hope they will continue to pursue their solutions because this competition is just the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey. Spelpreneur is an opportunity to satisfy the interest of Spelman students seeking an introduction to the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation… nearly 95% of the competition’s participants were 1st time participants in Spelpreneur.”

Jane Smith, Ed.D, Vice President of College Relations and Executive Director of the Leadership Center at Spelman College: "This year's competition was great! I had a chance to see the participating students the first day of the competition and to observe on Pitch Night their growth as aspiring entrepreneurs. The Spelpreneur program, a co-curricular program, meets the desires of students who want to learn to be leaders in innovation and  entrepreneurship."