For our largest competition to date, we are very proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Business Plan Competition. SeeFuture, a career development platform for college students with mentoring, company training, and recruitment tools for employers built in, has been named the winner of the Professional category. New to this year’s competition was a Student category, with ShapeU being name the winner. ShapeU has built an online platform to connect social exercise and professional personal training.
The competition finale was held at Towson University’s Minnegan Room at Johnny Unitas Stadium. It began with eight finalists conducting private presentations. Q&A sessions with a panel of four judges followed. The 2015 competition’s judging panel consisted of:
- Stephen Auvil, Sr. VP Technology Transfer & Commercialization, TEDCO
- Bill Foxburrow, VP Commercial Banking, M&T Bank
- Rick Leimbach, Principal & CFO Advisor, Carrollton Partners
- Tim Watkins, President/CEO, Renegade Communications
The prize packages are valued at approximately $20,000 and include a monetary prize, a 90-day Resident Membership to TU Incubator, a graphic design package by 99designs, and marketing services package courtesy of Odd Brain Creative. SeeFuture will receive a cash prize of $2,000, while the student category winner, ShapeU, will receive $1,000.
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The goal of the annual competition is to encourage and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the region and this year we were especially excited to recognize student entrepreneurs for their innovative thinking. Two of the five student category finalists represented Towson University, while the remaining teams were Johns Hopkins University students. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to showcase some of our talented finalists with video interviews conducted by Offit Kurman and Citybizlist. We are deeply appreciative of the time and dedication demonstrated by our participants and the generosity and support offered by our sponsors and partners
Thank you to the 2015 Business Plan Competition sponsors:
- M&T Bank
- McCormick & Co.
- Vince Talbert
- SC&H Group·
- Carrollton Partners
- Odd Brain Creative
- Offit Kurman
- SCORE of Greater Baltimore
- Baltimore Citybizlist (media sponsor)