Pitch and Play – AUTM Venture Challenge

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AUTM Annual Meeting

Is Your Start-up's Business Plan Worth $10,000?

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Photo: Congratulations to HiberSense--a network of smart thermostats adjusting the climate in every room—winner of the $10,000 top prize! 

AUTM and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) have partnered to produce Pitch and Play – AUTM Venture Challenge session at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The business plan competition allows academic-affiliated start-up companies to pitch their business opportunities to a panel of seasoned venture investors in pursuit of a $10,000 cash prize. The event gives entrepreneurs valuable experience and feedback to our start-up finalists. 

Moderator
Cory Acuff, University of Georgia

Judges
Eric Breese, Investment Manager, Evonik 
DJ Nag, Ventech Solutions
Melissa Singh, Fannin Innovation Studio
Tony Stanco, Executive Director, NCET2

2019 Finalists
  • ExpressCells
  • Greppo Technologies
  • HiberSense, Inc WINNER
  • Nano Liquid Solutions, LLC
Finalists will receive:
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for travel expenses, including hotel costs, for the AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting;
  • One complimentary registration for the AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting and complimentary use of AUTM’s partnering software, AUTM ConnectTM, at the Annual Meeting;
  • The opportunity to present to a panel of venture investors and obtain critical and constructive feedback; and
  • The opportunity to discuss his or her business and get feedback from partners in the venture community.
Winners
  • The first place start-up company receives a $10,000 cash prize. 
  • The winner is announced at AUTM Annual Meeting and via a press release.
Key Deadlines
  • Submission deadline was Friday, November 2, 2018


Annual Meeting Sponsors

MedImmune
Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
Relay Medical Corp
Burford Capital
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Parker Highlander PLLC
Merck
Pfizer Inc
Servier
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
NIIMBL
MTI Biotech
VentureWell
LifeArc
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
AbbVie
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Novartis
Eli Lilly and Company
University of Toledo
Sanofi
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Aird & McBurney LP
Fish & Richardson PC
Polsinelli PC
IRICoR
MPEG LA LLC
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
HOYA
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Pabst Patent Group LLP
Croda
CrossPond Law
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Hodgson Russ LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP
Wellspring
Licensing Executives Society
Royalty Pharma
Husch Blackwell