Knapp Venture Competition

2019 Knapp Venture Competition Finals

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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

Executive Dining Room (EDR)



Now in its 37th 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. 

2018 Winners


First Place


TEAM: Aditya Marathe, Anderson MBA '18; Cynthia Mckee, PhD '20 (UCLA - College of Life Sciences); Thanh Thuy Dan Pham, PhD '20 (UCLA - David Geffen School of Medicine); Van Nguyen, Anderson FEMBA '19

An innovative pesonalized anti-aging skincare that is scientifically fomulated based on an individual's unique skin biomarker profile. U-Defi - the tailor-made suit of your skincare.

Second Place

Tutorfly Inc.

TEAM: Jairo Mateo, FEMBA '19; Parsa Rezvani, UCLA '18; Erica Nagase, UCLA '21

A peer to peer tutoring platform that pairs student tutors with younger students in the same community. We partner with academically based student groups to provide qualified tutors that can produce results.

Third Place


TEAM: Jane Zhang, FEMBA '20; Hadley Washburne, FEMBA '20; Larry Chang, MBA '18

MiVUE is an at-home smart otoscope that enables telemedicine and tracking of ear infections. Our mission is to empower patients and caretakers to take control of their own health.

Fourth Place

Riders Share

TEAM: Guillermo Cornejo, MBA '19

The "Airbnb of motorcycle rentals", a peer to peer rentals marketplace for motorcycles. We have over 600 morocycle listings in the U.S. and growing!

Fifth Place


TEAM: Nick Talone, FEMBA '18; Milan Karunaratne, FEMBA '18; Alex Ng; Casey Tracy

Pluscare streamlines the outdated, slow and expensive process of temporary staffing in healthcare with a technology platform that intelligently connects healthcare organizations with staffing agencies and clinicians via an interactive marketplace.

Fast Pitch

Altitude Beverages

TEAM: Connor Doyle, MBA '19; Mark Larik, MBA '19; Erica Wood, MBA '19; Charles Fields, MBA '19

Sells ultra-premium and innovative cold brew coffee ready to drink options currently throught e-commerce and intends to expand to additional sales channels including direct B2B and to retailers.


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