Knapp Venture Competition

2018 Knapp Venture Competition Finals

Thursday, May 10, 2018

5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Executive Dining Room (EDR)

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Now in its 36th year, the Knapp Venture Competition has evolved into one of the premier academic business plan competitions in Southern California. It encourages UCLA Anderson students to showcase their talents and learn from insights of successful entrepreneurs and business executives. The Knapp Competition has given more than 1,800 UCLA Anderson students a unique venture creation experience that has been instrumental in launching numerous businesses.

UCLA Anderson’s Knapp Venture Competition has yielded some remarkable companies over the years — not just with funding, but with sage advice.

Over the course of the academic year, UCLA Anderson students refine business concepts, build management teams, and develop business plans to submit to the Knapp Venture Competition. A select group of business plans are chosen for competition in the semifinals, with the top submissions advancing to the finals in May. The judging panels, which are comprised of entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and senior executives, play a critical role in shaping the outcome and educational experience of the competition. Our judges ask questions to evaluate each entry's viability, and also provide students with constructive feedback and suggestions for going forward with their ventures. After a closed deliberation, the Knapp finalists are announced at a reception. 

2017 Winners


First Place


TEAM: Whitney Conroy, MBA ‘18; Mehdi Roein-Peikar, UCLA Dentistry - Orthodontics Resident; James Wratten, Non-UCLA

Mechanodontics is revolutionizing orthodontics with its invisible braces that substantially reduce treatment time, pain, and trips to the orthodontist.

Second Place (tie)


TEAM: Jesse Shapiro, MBA ‘17; Evan Milnor, MBA ‘17; Brian Leong, MBA ‘17

Officebites is a subscription snack box company helping people form healthier snacking habits in the workplace. Our product is a box of proprietary snacks designed with the help of leading nutritionists and dieticians to conveniently provide the optimal macro-nutrient breakdown for sustained energy and nutrition through the workday.

Second Place (tie)


TEAM: Jenny Leung, FEMBA ‘17; Matthew Cox, FEMBA ‘17; Kathy Tran, FEMBA ‘17; Shweta Thakur, FEMBA ‘17; Sadie Asare, MD/MBA ‘17; Pratik Gupta, MBA ‘17

BellaNove keeps expectant mothers looking stylish and feeling confident via a convenient and easy to use maternity wardrobe rental service. Our high quality wardrobe adapts with her pregnancy changes and lets her triple her style choices at half the cost of purchasing!

Third Place (tie)


TEAM: Satvik Vyas, FEMBA ‘17; Shahriyar Jahanbakhsh, UCLA Biochemistry PhD; Ohyun Kwon, Professor of Chemistry at UCLA

Efsevin is a novel small molecule suppressor of cardiac arrhythmia. This innovative drug addresses the biggest unmet need in the arrhythmia market today.

Third Place (tie)

AllOfUs Cosmetics

TEAM: Christina Wang, FEMBA 2018; Anndrea Falon Nelson, FEMBA 2018; Jerry Kiener, FEMBA 2018

AllOfUs Cosmetics enters the $60B beauty industry with a photobooth that identifies an individual's skin color and creates a custom color-matched liquid makeup foundation using any brand in just 3 minutes.

People's Choice Award

K-POP Foods

TEAM: Theodore Lee, MBA 2017

K-POP Foods brings people together and uplifts spirits by sharing Korean food and flavors with America. There is no other Korean food company with a lifestyle brand.


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