Business Design Showcase

Business Design Showcase 2017 First Place: Aether with Hannah Meyers, Chase Armer, Pavle Jeremic, and CIED sponsor Kamil Hasan and CIED director Sue Carter

The 5th annual Business Design Showcase on April 18, 2017, at the UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus featured 13 student-led businesses, ranging widely in product and service types. Our entrepreneurial judges—Brandon Allgood (CTO and cofounder, Numerate, Inc., and UCSC trustee), Satish Gupta (executive chairman, SenSen Networks), Louise Kirkbride (CalTech trustee, prior executive at several companies), Derek Proudian (owner, Papa Kona Coffee, and member and chairman of boards at several companies), and Heather Putnam (executive director, Santa Cruz Works)—heard the pitches in the afternoon and determined first, second, and third place. The guests in attendance at the open-forum showcase in the evening visited the students’ business tables to hear pitches and check out product and service prototypes while enjoying a reception of appetizers and wine. The guests voted for the people’s choice online at the end of the showcase forum.

The winners are:

First Place, $4000: Aether by Chase Armer, Pavle Jeremic, and Hannah Meyers
See banner photo above.

Second Place, $3000: CruzAI by Ali Adabi

2nd-place winner CruzAI’s Ali Adabi with sponsor Kamil Hasan and director of CIED Sue Carter

Third Place, $2000: Cruz Foam by John Felts, Xiaolin Zhang, and Daniel Hutchins

3rd-place Cruz Foam’s Xiaolin Zhang with sponsor Kamil Hasan and director of CIED Sue Carter

People’s Choice, $1000: Booze Crate by Raul Lara and Matthew Herbert

People’s Choice Booze Crate’s Matthew Herbert and Raul Lara with sponsor Kamil Hasan and director of CIED Sue Carter

Honorable Mentions, $500 each:

Midinote by Jesse Villegas, Isaac Davidove, Thooba Samimi, and Malcolm Flint

Honorable Mention Midinote’s Jesse Villegas, Isaac Davidove, and Malcolm Flint with director of CIED Sue Carter

MsgFly by Spencer Butterfield, Julian Fletcher-Taylor, and Devon Katz

Honorable Mention MsgFly’s Spencer Butterfield, Julian Fletcher-Taylor, and Devon Katz with director of CIED Sue Carter

MsgFly Team of Spencer Butterfield, Julian Fletcher-Taylor, and Devon KatzMsgFly Team of Spencer Butterfield, Julian Fletcher-Taylor, and Devon Katz, honorable mention

Realtime by Novateur, Inc., by Vernon Coleman and Kevin Robertson

Honorable Mention Novateur RealTime’s Vernon Coleman and Kevin Robertson with director of CIED Sue Carter

Keri WatersChancellor George BlumenthalThe Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development congratulates the winners and all participants in the competition! CIED also thanks:

  • our generous sponsors, Kamil and Talat Hasan and the Division of Graduate Studies
  • our judges
  • Chancellor Blumenthal for his ongoing support
  • our keynote speaker Keri Waters, who gave a most inspiring address on how to be and what to expect as an entrepreneur
  • Diana Hogue of University Relations and Peter Minogue of the Silicon Valley Campus for logistical and technical support
  • our student intern videographer, José Reyes
  • our photographer, Danny Quijano
  • and the guests in attendance!

Business Design Showcase 2017 Judges Heather Putnam, Satish Gupta, Brandon Allgood, Derek Proudian, and Louise Kirkbride with director of CIED Sue Carter (4th from left)CIED Director Sue Carter (leftmost) and Chancellor George Blumenthal (3rd from left) with Business Design Showcase 2017 judges Heather Putnam, Brandon Allgood, Derek Proudian, and Louise KirkbrideBusiness Design Showcase 2017 Judges: Satish Gupta, Brandon Allgood, Derek Proudian, Louise Kirkbride, Heather Putnam

Check out the 2016 Business Design Showcase in the archives and a video of the event on CIED's YouTube channel.
Check out the 2015 Business Design Showcase in the archives and a video of the event on CIED's YouTube channel.