Shown from left to right are students Carolyn Armas, Handy Esperance and Saw Yan Naing pitching their Student Stop Mobile App, one of the two top winning “ideas” of the competition.
Two NCC student teams shared top honors in a fun and entertaining final round of the Idea Pitch Competition held on April 26 in the PepsiCo Theater, earning each team a $1,000 prize. The winning teams were Student Stop Mobile App with students Carolyn Armas, Handy Esperance and Saw Yan Naing, which pitched a mobile app to help community college students find study buddies and learn about events. The second top prize winning team was HolyShot Coffee Company, with students Jason An, Isabel Cardona, Sarah Joseph and Zygimantas Sakalauskas. They pitched a Columbian coffee company that eliminates the middleman in a farmer-to customer business model designed to help growers.
Pill Skill Pharmacology App, presented by Vlada Baldanova, provides a fun and engaging approach to pharmacology learning, and captured the second place prize of $500.
TruBeans presented by students Jairo Muy Cando, Giovany Cuahuizo and Jisoo Song, introduced an innovative eco tumbler to warm baked goods using coffee, and Carmony App, with students Carlos Alfaro, Victoria Burgess, Janice Eng and Eli Roman, provides commuter harmony by pairing students taking public transportation with drivers. TruBeans and Carmony App teams each won $250.
The event, in its second year, is sponsored by the NCC Foundation and made possible by a grant from Bank of America. A panel of esteemed judges from the NCC Foundation and business community scored presentations by the five teams based on four criteria: Content Effectiveness, Presentation Effectiveness, Economic Viability Based Research and Clarity/Cohesiveness of the Idea.