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participants at the BIZCOM semi-finals

Five teams advance to BIZCOM finals on June 10

By Stephanie Wagner, USI Opportunity Development Communications Intern

The Eagle Innovation Business Model Competition (BIZCOM) is a business idea competition designed to solicit innovative business ideas from the greater USI community and connect those ideas to teams, mentors and resources to help develop a business model. After semi-finals held on May 20, five teams advanced to the finals, which will be held on June 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the USI Griffin Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Teams and products going to finals:

  • Hazelwood, LLC – Lighted Ground Crew Gloves designed to replace lighted wands, which break resulting in the shutdown of tarmacs. The design adds complexity as different signals are used compared to traditional daytime hand signals.
  • Sidekick Lure Retriever – The Lure Retriever attaches to a fishing pole and allows users to retrieve their lures and other lost items. Their goal is to “fish with confidence”.
  • Guardian Aviation – A program using drones to facilitate STEM-based education which teaches children how to code.
  • Jimbot – A social platform used to facilitate the relationship between gyms and their members.
  • Nudget – A household management software that brings the household together through chat, chore management, grocery lists and more.

During the finals round, each team will have five minutes to give a final pitch to a panel of judges. The five judges will collaborate and select the top three teams. First place winners will receive $12,000 to fund their business ideas, second place will receive $6,000 and third place will receive $3,000.

Schedule of events:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Doors open to the public
  • 12:00 p.m. – Pitches begin
  • 1:30 p.m. – Judges deliberate, heavy appetizers available
  • 2:15 p.m. – Winners Announced

For more information on BIZCOM finals, visit USI.edu/BIZCOM

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