We were excited to have three undergraduate teams from UW-Madison compete in the 6th annual University Pitch Madness competition where they had a chance to win up to $6,000 in funding. Hosted by the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, the event was held on Wednesday, July 19 at DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus where ten universities and 36 teams from the Midwest showcased their best student entrepreneurs.
Each team was provided with a table where attendees walked through and engaged with the students before voting for their favorite startup from each university. The top teams from each school presented a 3-minute pitch of their business to the entire audience and judges.
Cameron Roth, a marketing major and Matthew Samuels, consumer behavior and marketplace studies major, of Tixplorer were the UW representatives selected to pitch their business idea. Tixplorer is a website to compare ticket prices for sports and music across multiple websites to find the best deal. They placed third in the competition and won prize money totaling $4,000.
Jake Piekarski, Ananth Subramanya, Archit Thakur
The other UW teams were Ananth Subramanya and Archit Thaker representing EducatAItor, which aims to create a large language model (LLM) specifically to help students study from their textbooks, and Jake Piekarski with Snow Scholars, a snow removal service employing college students to assist homeowners.
The competition was a wonderful experience for all participants, staff and alumni that attended this event.