Slug Tank 2017

CIED Slug Tank 2017 Winners: Kevin Robertson (RealTime), Vernon Coleman (RealTime), Remeal Holloway (RealTime), Sheryl Ratnam (Foodzi), Andrew Uyesugi (Down Hammock), Denzel Mapp (Frequen-sees), Randall Hill (Frequen-sees), and Daniel Lopez (Frequen-sees); not pictured: Perla Plascencia and Jennifer Sowash of Frequen-sees

CIED’s third annual business-pitch competition, renamed Slug Tank, was a fun event on Wednesday evening, November 29, 2017, at Kresge Town Hall! Entrepreneurial judges Chris Benner (director of the Everett Program, professor of environmental studies), Alireza Chavosh (director of Startup Sandbox), and Ronnie Lipschutz (provost of Rachel Carson College, professor of politics) took the audience top vote-getters and chose three winners from them and opted for one save not chosen by the audience.

The four winning pitches are:

  • Down Hammock by Andrew Uyesugi
    a down hammock made of rip-stop material that prevents CBS (cold butt syndrome)
  • Foodzi by Sheryl Ratnam
    a hot-meal service connecting students to certified home-meal-providing chefs
  • Frequen-sees by Denzel Mapp (team leader), Randall Hill, Daniel Lopez, Perla Plascencia, and Jennifer Sowash
    an object-sensing wrist device and glasses device that detect oncoming objects above the waist of blind users
  • RealTime by Novateur, Inc., by Vernon Coleman (team leader), Remeal Holloway, and Kevin Robertson
    a social network mobile app connecting college students in real time to get together for a common activity

Each team or sole proprietor wins $500 and is invited to compete in the Business Design Showcase on April 18, 2018, at the Silicon Valley Campus! Congratulations to these Slug Tank winners!

Check out past winners of this competition:

Pitch Slam 2016
Pitch Slam 2015

Check out a video of Pitch Slam 2016 on CIED’s YouTube channel.