Seven University of Minnesota students took the stage earlier today for the 10th BizPitch competition at the Carlson School of Management.
“The objective of the bi annual competition is to inspire and encourage undergraduate students from across the University to push forward with their entrepreneurial ideas,” said Luke Burns, president of the University of Minnesota Entrepreneurship Club.
Participants delivered their best 90 second elevator pitches in front of a live audience and received real-time feedback and competitive ratings from four judges — Scott Litman, Linda Hall, Ernest Grumbles, and Ann Ulrich.
Three of the seven were technology ventures, either in prototype or beta phase. Scored on presentation quality and investment potential, Playtabase tied for first place overall. Below are some raw interviews shot on location with these emerging Minnesota tech entrepreneurs:
Ryan Manteufel, Carlson; Playtabase – wearable device to control electronic devices via gesture.
Brian Maurer, Science and Engineering; Arrow Web – Flexible and intuitive project management SaaS.
Jonathen Frenz, Science and Engineering; Statis – Enables discovery, visualization and exploration of the world’s public information.