Eight teams advance to Tiger Cage student pitch competition semifinals

Published: February 27, 2017
Updated: June 21, 2017
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Student entrepreneurs representing Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and College of Architecture, Design and Construction will compete in the semifinals of the Tiger Cage business pitch competition on March 3.

Presented by the Harbert College of Business and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, Tiger Cage discovers and rewards the best early-stage products, services or business concepts developed by Auburn University students. Eight teams advanced from a pool of 20 to the semifinal round, which will be held on Friday, March 3, from 1-3 p.m. in the Terrace Room at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Teams will deliver a five-minute pitch and participate in a five-minute question and answer session with a panel of judges. The top four teams will advance to the finals of Tiger Cage and compete for more than $25,000 in funding and services. The Tiger Cage finals will be held during the second day of the Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday, March 31, at 8:45 a.m. in the Hotel and Conference Center auditorium.

Tiger Cage semifinalists include:

  • BioErgo Solutions, a platform aimed at helping businesses prevent occupational injuries through wearable technology. The team includes industrial engineering graduate students Robert Granzow and Rong Huangfu, as well as MBA student Mengdie Chen.
  • Collegiate Keychains, a university logo-styled multitool for tailgating created by junior entrepreneurship student Bradford Smith.
  • FloBrush, a patent-pending, dual-headed, dental hygiene tool developed by senior building science major Mace Keenum.
  • Honey Do, a peer-to-peer mobile app that connects individuals with custom projects to talent locally and nationwide. The team consists of MBA student Vlad Saveljeus and chemical engineering doctoral candidate Michael Minkler.
  • Senior Solutions, an online program connecting nursing homes to entertainment resources for residents. Sophomore finance and piano performance major Trent Briden is the developer.
  • ServTic, a mobile app that helps simplify the transaction process for nail salons and other service providers. The team consists of MBA students Tri Lam and Charles McGee and Victoria Platt, a graduate student in business administration and mechanical engineering.
  • Sole Line, a patent-pending storage container solution for displaying sneakers and other collectible items, developed by sophomore software engineering major Gibson Wang, junior electrical engineering major Berk Anadur and junior business administration major Frank Nguyen.
  • uParty, a mobile app created by junior computer science major Emmett Deen that enables students to connect with parties and other events happening near them.

Learn more about the third annual Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit at http://harbert.auburn.edu/news/2017summit.php

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