Jumpstart/NextTech Pitch Competition

I discovered this event only a few hours before it began, thanks to Gene at the seed coworking space. I had no idea what to expect, though I have attended many pitching events around the world/pitched to a number of VCs at the 2018 TechCrunch Shenzhen event. I was intrigued, wondering what would be pitched. Fintech, food, IT, AR, VR, block chain; these would be likely topics, though I hoped there would be something that would work locally and internationally.

There was! The winner was a project that solved an urgent issue for the northwestern Ohio, yet also has national and international applications. The judges awarded the $10,000 prize to CC Tronic, represented by Nida Ammar and Leo Idraikh. Their technology helps solve Lake Erie's algae bloom problem, and eventually could have worldwide applications.

passing out prizes at a pitch competition

Other contestants/ideas: Moni Featchurs( portable theaters for community events),Smith Innovations ( windproof table/umbrellas), Clean Car Technology (cleaning components that are friendly to humans and the environment), HER Wines Ltd. (customized wine events for women).

Diana Patton, with a serious smile, shared her goal of meeting Michelle Obama. Diana's RISE program is already improving the lives of students in the Toledo area. Her presentation was genuine, dramatic and moving.

Jacob Beakas and his partner presented a plan to provide UToledo students with foods grown locally.

The star of the show, however was Ateeq Najib, a 16 year old award-winning boxer. He opened his presentation explaining why boxing gloves need to be improved: hand injuries are very common. Ateeq explained how he tested various materials and gave other examples of the research he did. If he won, he would use the money to create prototypes. Ateeq's sincerity and thoroughness were impressive.

BubikoFoodtour showed up, and of course she was intrigued by the experiences and plans of Andi Lawrence and Foodology.

Bubiko gets excited about Foodology
Bubiko cheers on Andi Lawrence from Foodology

Although CC Tronic won , all of the entrepreneurs gave strong presentations. No Powerpoints! And...great food and drink!

The judges:

Amy O'Donnell, Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Toledo.

Phillip Lee Partner, Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick

Wendy Gramza, President and CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Steven Powell, Manager of Administrative Services and Development, City of Toledo

The event was hosted by Ocie Irons, Jumpstart's Senior Partner in Toledo.

NextTech Ohio/Jumpstart

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