Four student teams prepare for Tiger Cage Finals on March 31

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Ten Auburn University student teams, representing the Harbert College of Business, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Veterinary Medicine, pitched their business ideas before industry professional judges last month.

The four teams selected to advance to the finals of the Tiger Cage business pitch competition on March 31, are:

Archangel Defense

A provider of customized equipment for any combat situation imaginable, designed for peak mission performance and, above all, to make sure everyone who defends our country makes it home. (Shay Pilcher, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)


Accurate, rapid and cost-effective detection of viruses successfully lowering the possibility of large-scale spread. (Parvin Fathi-Hafshejani; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)


A peer-to-peer social platform that allows individuals to borrow money through the community with short-term, micro-loans that meet their immediate needs. (Zakariya Veasey and Evan Henley, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)


An agricultural company dedicated to sustainable crop production utilizing advancements in drone technology. (Scott Rowe, Harbert College of Business)

In its eighth year, the Tiger Cage business pitch competition discovers and rewards early-stage products, services or business concepts that emerge from Auburn students. Recent success stories include Vulcan Line Tools, Room2Room MoversSwiftSKUFlashtractYellow Card and Tennibot.

The Tiger Cage “Final Four” will be held on March 31, starting at 8:30 a.m., in the Broadway Event Space and Theater in Horton-Hardgrave Hall. Teams will compete for $54,000 in early-stage startup capital.

Please contact Lou Bifano to learn more about the Tiger Cage competition, as well as the broad array of services provided by the New Venture Accelerator that are available to those who may need help starting a new business or growing an existing one.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.