Startup Summit 2022

March 28th - April 1st, Starkville, MS
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About Startup Summit

Compete for over $30,000 in prizes!

Pitch your business idea for a chance to win cash prizes to help you jumpstart your startup. You will be evaluated based on your 5-minute presentation on proposed technology, management, financials, and market by industry-respected leaders serving as judges from companies all across the region.

33

Presenters

22

Judges

9

Competitions

37,500

Dollars in Prizes

Event Schedule

Competition Break-down

  • Day 1

    Mar 28, 2022

  • Day 2

    Mar 29, 2022

  • Day 3

    Mar 30, 2022

  • Day 4

    Mar 31, 2022

  • Day 5

    Apr 1, 2022

  • 4:30 - 5:15pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Opening Reception

    Join us as we kick-off Startup Summit 2022! Network with other entrepereneurs and enjoy hors d'oeuvres!

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Elevator Pitch Competition

    1st Place: $1,000   2nd Place: $500   3rd Place: $250

    Think you have a good business idea? Present your business idea before a panel of judges and see how it compares to the ideas of your fellow students. The winner will receive $500 for the best 90-second pitch. The term "elevator pitch" captures the ability of an entrepreneur to have his or her business concept down so tightly and effectively that he or she could walk into a hypothetical elevator, meet a potential investor, and convey the essence of his or her business by the time the elevator reaches the 20th floor. You should be able to deliver your pitch in 90 seconds.

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  Colvard Union, Ballroom 'M'

    Business Concept Competition

    1st Place: $1,000   2nd Place: $500   3rd Place: $250

    The Business Concept Competition is an opportunity to pitch a raw business idea. Participating teams will typically have not begun any execution, and teams will be evaluated on the overall feasibility and potential of the idea.

  • 7:15 - 8:45pm  |  Colvard Union, Ballroom 'M'

    New Product Division I Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division I includes teams who have not built a customer-ready prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be before ECAB. Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  Colvard Union, Ballroom 'M'

    Best Brand Division Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for people who working on creating the next popular online brand. This brand needs to have a strong platform that will appeal to its target customer with evidence of what it will be selling. Examples: new clothing brand, coffee brand, sports brand, etc.

  • 7:15 - 8:45pm  |  Colvard Union, Ballroom 'M'

    New Product Division II Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division II includes teams who have built a prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be after PREP and before ECAB. Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

  • 5:30 - 7:00pm  |  Colvard Union, Ballroom 'M'

    Brick and Mortar Division Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for people who are working on a retail, service, or lifestyle company that will be brick and mortar. Examples: new coffee shop, local boutique, repair service, etc.

  • 7:15 - 8:45pm  |  Colvard Union, Ballroom 'M'

    New Product Division III Competition

    1st Place: $2,500   2nd Place: $1,000   3rd Place: $500

    This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division III includes teams who have built a customer-ready prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be after ECAB. Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

  • 3:00 - 4:00pm  |  McCool Hall, 124 Taylor Auditorium

    Alumni Pitch Competition

    1st Place: $1,000   2nd Place: $500   3rd Place: $250

    This division is for Mississippi State alumni who are working on a new venture and would like to share that with the Entrepreneurship Center and our board members. Alumni Application Link

  • 4:00 - 5:00pm  |  McCool Hall, 124 Taylor Auditorium

    BankTEL Grand Finale Competition

    1st Place: $6,000   2nd Place: $3,000   3rd Place: $1,500

    The BankTEL Grand Finale is composed of the winners of all 5 preceding competitions to name one startup to take home the grand prize!

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm  |  McCool Hall, Leo Seal Atrium

    Closing Reception & Awards Ceremony

    Join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Mississippi State University and the Bulldog Family!

Meet the Presenters

Business Concept Competition

Business Concept - 1st Place — $1,000.00

Huskrete

Founder: Oluwafemi Awolesi  
We are an emerging business enterprise aimed at sustainably enhancing building infrastructure through bio-based, eco-friendly supplies, that will not only foster carbon sequestration, but also help reduce global environmental footprint and accelerate the attainment of sustainable cities and communities, nationally and in turn, globally.

Business Concept - 2nd Place — $500.00

Somniumax

Founder: Isaiah Mcswain  
Somniumax is a marketing SAAS that helps the average business owner manage their likeliness to convert a customer. This software will have the ability to track the user's potential steps from one touchpoint (social media content or digital content) down to conversion. You will then be prompted to track the user based on psychographics, you can thus enter touchpoints and track their potential to help this customer reach their conversion point. The software will evaluate the touchpoint (ex. the software will check keywords and SEO if you enter your site as a touch point).

Business Concept - People's Choice — $250.00

Huskrete

Founder: Oluwafemi Awolesi  
We are an emerging business enterprise aimed at sustainably enhancing building infrastructure through bio-based, eco-friendly supplies, that will not only foster carbon sequestration, but also help reduce global environmental footprint and accelerate the attainment of sustainable cities and communities, nationally and in turn, globally.

Business Concept - 3rd Place — $250.00

S.H.I.N.E

Founder: Jaliyah Snaer  
Small Handheld Interchangeable Night Entertainment

Exa Power

Founder: Ahmad Sohani  
The Exa Power is the Idea to revolutionize renewable energy on a large scale as a dominant solar electrical energy provider to all Americans across the country by developing decentralized solar farms on the scale of one MegaWatt to one GigaWatt of electricity based on the capability and needs of each location.

Workout For Green

Founder: Nathaniel Aycock  
A Gym that all of the equipment generates electricity providing cities with a trickle of more diverse, greener energy production, providing the company with two sources of income (Membership and Power), and the costumers with increased incentive to work out (green energy, and reduced cost or possibly earning money)

Bailey Bags

Founder: Lauren Jackson  
I want to produce hard shell luggage that opens only on one side rather than having the zipper down the center of the case. The functionality of soft luggage with the durability of hard luggage, all available to anyone in the market.

New Product Division I Competition

New Product I - 1st Place — $2,500.00

Quick Release Clothes Hanger

Founder: Griffin Adcock  
A collapsible clothes hanger that when the shirt is pulled down, the arms of the hanger collapse to allow the shirt to slide off the hanger through the neck hole without stretching. The collapsible feature also allows the hanger to be easily inserted through the neck hole and then spring into place for hanging clothes.

New Product I - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

All Ears Bump Band

Founder: Abigail Nichols  
A maternity band for expecting mothers to listen and monitor their baby’s heartbeat while enhancing the baby’s ability to hear voice frequencies and music.

New Product I - 3rd Place — $500.00

EZ Glide

Founder: Seaton Hixton  
The Ez Glide barbell attachment is a hand grip that clips directly onto any barbell. This combines the range of motion dumbbells provide with the stability of using a barbell for your chest workouts. With the Ez Glides ability to move horizontally in both directions up and down the barbell. Our new design combines the best of these two methods to deliver the best workout possible in the shortest amount of time.

New Product I - People's Choice — $250.00

Quick Release Clothes Hanger

Founder: Griffin Adcock  
A collapsible clothes hanger that when the shirt is pulled down, the arms of the hanger collapse to allow the shirt to slide off the hanger through the neck hole without stretching. The collapsible feature also allows the hanger to be easily inserted through the neck hole and then spring into place for hanging clothes.

S&S

Founder: Ben Schwab  
Our startup is a business that aims to provide clothing, such as jeans, to the customers that generally struggle to find their sizes on the racks or online. Our aim is to serve the minority when it comes to clothing sizes.

Beyond Real Gaming

Founder: Brandon Temple  
My startup is a video game development company that develops 3D video games for Windows, Xbox One, PS4, and PS5. All of our games will be sold digitally via third party stores on the Xbox Marketplace, PS Store, Windows Store, and Epic Games Store.

CherishedSecrets

Founder: Tianna Francis  
My startup is a buisness that specializes in exfoliating and replenishing the skin in your private parts while being safe to use, but also effective.

Best Brand Division Competition

Best Brand - 1st Place — $2,500.00

Brooke's Botanicals

Founder: Brooke Bain  
More than just a nursery, we’re serious plant collectors ourselves. We specialize in growing hard to find tropical houseplants. We ship year-round across the United States.

Best Brand - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

The Mississippi Hat Co

Founder: Christopher Nalls  
Millinery company designing custom millinery in womens hats, fascinators, felt hats, fedoras, & more

Best Brand - 3rd Place — $500.00

2 Official Kustoms

Founder: Calysia Moore  
2 Official Kustoms is a streetwear brand that specializes in the personalization of apparel, shoes, leather bags, accessories, and many more. Not only that, but we also provide a shoes/leather bag restoration service for your favorite old shoes that have been collecting dust, falling apart, or simply aren't in the best condition and you just want them touched up. Through airbrush painting, heat transfer printing, and patch work mediums we provide a customization service that is different from our competitors. We offer website designs for certain shoes, but we take commission orders yearly. We take pride in our customer satisfaction and overall experience, so we provide one on one consultation to ensure we get your memory pieces correct the first time. Along with that, we keep a constant flow of communication to make sure that the customer absolutely loves the final product.

Best Brand - People's Choice — $250.00

Brooke's Botanicals

Founder: Brooke Bain  
More than just a nursery, we’re serious plant collectors ourselves. We specialize in growing hard to find tropical houseplants. We ship year-round across the United States.

Know Your

Founder: Cavian Bolton  
Know yourself, know your heart, know your mind, know your body, know your soul, know your family, know your husband, know your wife, and etc. the overall goal is to know you.

Thechiquefactory

Founder: Daisha Hall  
Thechiquefactory is an online boutique that drives young girls and women to be confident and to be fearless in the pursuit of expressing their true, authentic selves. The business has been in operation for almost two years, & I am currently working on a clothing brand expansion.

New Product Division II Competition

New Product II - 1st Place — $2,500.00

REMS

Founder: Liam Nelson  
A residential demand response aggregator that serves to bridge the gap between the electric utility and the customer for demand response. Provides software solutions that automates and streamlines monitoring and load shedding.

New Product II - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

Diversified Food Solutions

Founder: Sawyer Wyatt Smith  
Diversified Food Solutions is a service driven company that offers innovative solutions & products to large and small food processing companies of any sector.

New Product II - 3rd Place — $500.00

Can-cealer

Founder: Woody Watson  
Can-cealer will be the solution for keeping canned beverages cold, secure ,and discrete wjhile in keeping the beverage in the can. Can-cealer will be an insert that fits over cans that can be placed inside of a cup. The product will come with a cup and straw, and the insert will fit into multiple large sized cups and have the ability to have almost any straw used.

New Product II - People's Choice (tie) — $250.00

BECreative Energy

Founder: Colby Freeman  
We plan to make use of municipal waste as a feedstock for small-scale gasification so that we can generate renewable electricity, and more significantly, isolate carbon dioxide using pressure vacuum swing adsorption technology to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions.

Brick and Mortar Division Competition

Brick and Mortar - 1st Place — $2,500.00

K.P. Candle & Co., LLC

Founder: Kennedi Parks  
K.P Candle & Co.’s is designed to create high-quality candles made with love, while also encouraging each customer to be kind to their minds and protect their peace. Our candle company was founded with the intentions of emphasizing the importance of mental health and mindfulness. Our focused strategy differentiates our product by delivering a message through each candle, so each customer is reminded to participate in some form of self-care in their own lives. Each sale is accompanied with a special thank you card, affirmation statement, and a reminder to always indulge in self-care. Unlike other brands, K.P. Candle & Co. products do not contain chemicals or harsh ingredients. Both candles and wax melts are 100% all-natural and soy based. Additionally, we have self-care essentials that adds to the main focus of this company.

Brick and Mortar - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

Kenya Imagines LLC

Founder: Kenya Thompson  
An art business that creates and sells artwork as well as commissions for drawing and photography.

Brick and Mortar - 3rd Place — $500.00

TheBargainista

Founder: Alexis Weathersby  
The Bargainista is a trendy, fashion forward resale store that specializes in women’s clothing, shoes, & accessories at an affordable price. It is our passion to create a business that is eco & fiscally responsible.

Brick and Mortar - People's Choice — $250.00

Aytchs Kitchen

Founder: Isaiah Aytch  
My startup is cooking because it gives opportunities to learn by venturing into new territories, which motivates me.cooking for other people is a great opportunity for both parties because they don’t have to eat the same thing everyday on campus by cooking for others is Feeling connected to others is a cornerstone of being human. This connection is no small thing it can also lead to increased happiness, better health, and longer lives.

The Walk N Closet

Founder: Allyah Keith  
A mobile consignment shop to bring versatility to Starkville and MSU’s campus in the form of second hand clothing and accessories , while reducing waste in the fashion industry, and doing something I love.

GRL PWR, LLC.

Founder: Mallory Nicholson  
We are a women’s only fitness center, focused around empowering women and women’s health, beyond just physical. GRL PWR strives to protect women’s privacy in the face of harassment and negative interactions very popular in gyms by men.

New Product Division III Competition

New Product III - 1st Place — $2,500.00

unTriggered

Founder: Timothy Wunrow  
A selective noise-cancelling AI for people suffering from Misophonia that can target specific sounds and remove them from audio while leaving the rest of the audio intact.

New Product III - 2nd Place — $1,000.00

ABA Discrete Trial Training App

Founder: Nate Phillips  
Our app supports special education teachers who are required to use ABA therapy/discrete trial training (DTT) for their students. This app simplifies and improves the process of creating cards, running students through DTT, managing student decks, and outputting student data. This will enable special education teachers to reclaim a significant amount of time in their day that is currently lost to paperwork, upkeep, and data recording.

New Product III - 3rd Place — $500.00

Humo

Founder: Erin Parker  
Humo is a wearable technology and athletic software startup that creates devices for use in sporting training and exercise. Our initial prototypes hope to close the foot-ankle data gap that exists in the sports market so that trainers and athletes can collect data outside of the gym.

New Product III - People's Choice — $250.00

Hush! Puppy, LLC

Founder: Garrison Walker  
Hush! Puppy is a PLA plastic construct with a neodymium magnet inside that works as a silencer for all MSU fans' cowbells. Our team is comprised of 2 teenagers from Starkville, MS; a senior in high school at a sophomore at MSU. Our product is durable, easy to use, and a great tool for a common issue around our area.

Alumni Pitch Competition

Learn Animation Bootcamp

Founder: Terrence Green  
Learn Animation Bootcamp is an academy where organization, kids, and freelancers can learn how to create animation.

The Farm at Starkville

Founder: Alex Mayfield  
The Farm is a family-friendly agritourism venue inviting visitors to have fun while learning about Mississippi’s #1 industry- agriculture. A corn mazes, pumpkin patch, wagon ride, mercantile space and more create a fun environment for all ages to enjoy.

BankTEL Grand Finale Competition

Grand Finale - 1st Place — $6,000.00

K.P. Candle & Co., LLC

Founder: Kennedi Parks  
K.P Candle & Co.’s is designed to create high-quality candles made with love, while also encouraging each customer to be kind to their minds and protect their peace. Our candle company was founded with the intentions of emphasizing the importance of mental health and mindfulness. Our focused strategy differentiates our product by delivering a message through each candle, so each customer is reminded to participate in some form of self-care in their own lives. Each sale is accompanied with a special thank you card, affirmation statement, and a reminder to always indulge in self-care. Unlike other brands, K.P. Candle & Co. products do not contain chemicals or harsh ingredients. Both candles and wax melts are 100% all-natural and soy based. Additionally, we have self-care essentials that adds to the main focus of this company.

Grand Finale - 2nd Place — $3,000.00

Brooke's Botanicals

Founder: Brooke Bain  
More than just a nursery, we’re serious plant collectors ourselves. We specialize in growing hard to find tropical houseplants. We ship year-round across the United States.

Grand Finale - 3rd Place — $1,500.00

REMS

Founder: Liam Nelson  
A residential demand response aggregator that serves to bridge the gap between the electric utility and the customer for demand response. Provides software solutions that automates and streamlines monitoring and load shedding.

Grand Finale - People's Choice — $500.00

Huskrete

Founder: Oluwafemi Awolesi  
We are an emerging business enterprise aimed at sustainably enhancing building infrastructure through bio-based, eco-friendly supplies, that will not only foster carbon sequestration, but also help reduce global environmental footprint and accelerate the attainment of sustainable cities and communities, nationally and in turn, globally.

Quick Release Clothes Hanger

Founder: Griffin Adcock  
A collapsible clothes hanger that when the shirt is pulled down, the arms of the hanger collapse to allow the shirt to slide off the hanger through the neck hole without stretching. The collapsible feature also allows the hanger to be easily inserted through the neck hole and then spring into place for hanging clothes.

unTriggered

Founder: Timothy Wunrow  
A selective noise-cancelling AI for people suffering from Misophonia that can target specific sounds and remove them from audio while leaving the rest of the audio intact.



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