Fourth annual CEBIpitch competition
April 29, 2020
The Akron Public Library
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) hosts an annual pitch competition to help grow and nurture startups within the College of Business Administration's entrepreneurship program.
Applicants must be an entrepreneurship major or minor to qualify. Teams are accepted as long as one student is an entrepreneurship major or minor.
Once selected, seven finalists participate in a three-month mentorship program to prepare for the live pitch event. In total, $20,000 will be awarded at the live CEBIpitch event.
Rachel Johnson: Pivot
Pivot is a ready-to-drink, canned cocktail made from all-natural ingredients with no artificial sweeteners. To properly treat hangovers, it is carefully formulated to deliver the full flavor profile of a complex craft cocktail and yet has the nutritional profile of a low-calorie beverage.
Kelly Fenwick: Smart Collar
Smart Collar is an electronic wearable device for dogs that allows people to better understand the physical and mental state of their dog. The device attaches to any collar and uses a light that changes color based on the dog’s biometrics. Fear, stress, and/or anxiety can be indicated by the collar.
Anastasia Konstantinopoulos: Soseme
Soseme which means save me in Greek, is a mobile application that enhances the experience of exploring a new city in an efficient and organized way. As a resource for study abroad and other types of travel, Soseme provides valuable information, including an indication of the safety of an area, through social media.
Siera Terry: Boujie Bands
Bougie Bands is an accessories brand for women, reflecting an appreciation of female empowerment and inclusivity. With diversity in mind, Bougie Hijabs were created specifically for women who wear hijabs. These types of products are not typically represented in the headband market.
Nicholas Marsteller: Citrous
Citrous is an organic beverage company that handcrafts signature, lemon-based drinks using only filtered water, organic lemon juice, and raw honey. Citrous is building on consumers’ interest in natural products and engenders trust with transparent labeling that lists exact ingredients without any vague terms like “natural flavors.”
Gregory Joyce III: Provok Clothing
Provok is a clothing brand designed to display powerful symbolism that represents social issues through design and meaningful content. Based on topics trending on its social media platforms, Provok creates content on clothing that is positive, educational and addresses controversial topics being discussed by college students.
Benjamin Langan: Mulberry Creek Winery
Mulberry Creek Winery is a rustic destination winery designed to provide a memorable experience that allows visitors to unwind, gather and celebrate through the gardens and grounds of Northern Ohio’s premier herb farm.
More information coming soon. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) immerses students in entrepreneurship education and experiences, advances entrepreneurial research and nurtures regional outreach. Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
Associate Professor - Economics
More information coming soon.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) immerses students in entrepreneurship education and experiences, advances entrepreneurial research and nurtures regional outreach.
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation