Knapp Venture Competition

The 35th Annual Knapp Venture Competition
May 19th, 2016



Now in its 35th 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.

Over the course of the academic year, 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 has been chosen for competition in the semifinals, with the top submissions advancing to the finals on May 19, 2016. The judging panels, which comprise entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and senior executives, play a critical role in shaping the outcome and educational experience of the competition. Our judges not only ask questions to evaluate each entry's viability, but also provide students with constructive feedback and suggestions for going forward with their ventures. After a closed deliberation, the five Knapp finalists will be announced via email the following the day.

Important Dates
April 6, 2016
Knapp Business Plans Due
April 20, 2016
Venture Night Review
April 27, 2016
Revised Business Plans Due
May 5, 2016
Knapp Semifinals
May 9, 2016
Finalist Revised Business Plans Due
May 19, 2016
Knapp Finals!

2015 Winners

The Price Center

First Place

Spinal Singularity

TEAM: Derek Herrera, EMBA '15; Zach McKinney PhD Biomedical Engineering '15; Beth Johnson, EMBA '15; Chandrashekar Hariharan, EMBA '15

We design connected medical devices to improve the quality of life for people dealing with Spinal Cord Injury and Disease (SCI/D). Spinal Singularity leverages unique combinations of existing technologies to create an exponential impact on the lives of the people we serve.

The Price Center

Second Place & People's Choice

$7,000 + $2,000

TEAM: Enrique Besa '16; Roberto Moldes '16; Olivia Valdés

Rankmi is a web-based app that allows companies to assess, analyze and develop their employees¹ skills, performance and engagement. We want to transform HR by bringing talent management practices to the cloud, in an affordable and accessible solution to companies of all sizes in the Latin American market.

The Price Center

Third Place (tie)

For Luxe and Love

TEAM: Adriana Delor '15; Ankin Laysha '16; Rachael Byers

A jewelry experience company with minimum commitment and maximum customization. For Luxe and Love allows women access to a temporary ownership of high-quality jewelry basics, and the option to customize upon purchase, in the under-served $400-2000 retail price jewelry subscription/rental market.

The Price Center

Third Place (tie)

FundOpp Capital Inc.

TEAM: Fark Tari '15; Ilya Tokhner; Ross Reagen

FundOpp is an online investment platform for vetted, alternative investment. It connects accredited investors with previously inaccessible asset classes. The company's beachhead market will be in commercial real estate.

The Price Center

Fourth Place

Swift Analytics

TEAM: Margaret Wei, MD/MBA '16; Ronald Tong '16; Matthew Inouye '16; Rustann Solomero '16; Brian Ouyang '16; Bianca Gonzalez, PhD Neuroscience 2015

Swift Analytics is a smart watch mobile application for monitoring Parkinson's Disease symptoms and tracking medication compliance. The application will allow physicians to better target interventions while decreasing Parkinson's disease related costs.


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