The Girls Summer Entrepreneurship Program (GSEP) culminated Wednesday in a pitch competition called the Dragon’s Lair. Similar in style to the popular TV show Shark Tank, teams pitched their product to a panel of three judges who crowned first and second place finishes.
During the 11-day program, participants develop a product, solicit customer feedback, develop a marketing plan—including financials—and pitch it to a panel of investors (the judges). Team Bui came in first place, with LocAlarm as the runner-up.
- Vicky Wu Davis, founder and executive director, Youth CITIES
- Devin Hill P18, executive director and financial advisor, J.P. Morgan Securities
- Anupendra Sharma P23, global VP of Growth & BD for Siemens Healthineers and founder of the Startup Leadership Program
LiteKnock wants to solve roommate communication issues. The product is a customizable LED light with adjoining app that allows roommates to let one another know when they want privacy to study or have friends over.
Team members: M. Brown ’19, S. Desai ’19, L. Merullo ’19 and S. Miettinen-Garrett ’19
Young alum mentor: Alia Malek ’16
FLASH aims to solve the college laundry crisis of broken machines and overpriced services. FLASH is an all-natural, eco-friendly garment freshener that quickly allows you to clean a dirty garment without doing an entire load of laundry.
Team members: B. Bossert ’19, H. Doherty ’18 and B. Knight ’19
Young alum mentor: Leonora Strobel Eckstein ’16
LocAlarm wants to cut down the number of bike thefts across the country. It’s a small, GPS-enabled device that you slip into the frame of your bike that emits an alarm if the bike is stolen and allows its location to be tracked via an app.
Team members: N. Faisal ’18, C. Johnston ’19 and V. Kuntz ’19
Young alum mentor: Kelly Billings ’12
Bui wants to make your coffee mug a fashion statement. They created an insulated mug with a color-changing strip that tells you the perfect time to enjoy your beverage.
Team members: A. Iwuh ’19, J. McAvinn ’19, M. Sedunova ’19 and B. Smith ’19
Young alum mentor: Susanna Maheras ’16