TALENT 2.0: Power Pitch Contest Winners
Wednesday, May 20, 10 am -- The results are in. Eight teams delivered their pitches today to a panel of venture capital investors and entrepreneurial leaders.
First place ($3,000) was awarded to Dane Christianson for NoVamp, a device for turning off standby appliances when it detects they aren't being used.
Second place ($2,000) was awarded to the team of Amanda Cohen and Issurah King for Crown Guardian, a real-time AGPS emergency tracking system inserted in the tooth as a filling and used to locate people who are in dangerous situations.
There was a tie for third place, so $1,000 each was awarded to Trendicious and Kynoo. Trendicious, the idea of Spencer Andrews and Kyle Hanson, is a demographic-based and data-driven review service for consumer products. Kynoo is the idea of Abby Chao, Jimmy Liu, Elliott Margul and Michael Mirski which is a social networking resource for movie-goers to find and share new movies through user-generated reviews.
Judges for the event were David Weinstein, president of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, Kapil Chaudhary, principal for the Illinois Innovator Acceleration Fund, John Hoesley of Prism Capital and John Noel, president of the Illinois Technology Development Association. The judges were very complimentary of all the presenters, commenting that they were better-prepared than 90% of the entrepreneurs they see on a weekly basis.
The awards are the generous contribution of the Cherry Family.