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On May 19, 2021, five finalist teams pitched their business concepts to our panel of Knapp Venture Competition judges for a chance to win $100,000.
Each team presented a brief pitch followed by a Q&A session with the judges. Following the presentations, the judges held closed deliberations.
2021 Finalists
Since 1982, the Knapp Venture Competition is one of the premier academic business plan competitions in Southern California. Each spring, UCLA Anderson students showcase their entrepreneurial talents while receiving feedback from successful entrepreneurs and business executives who serve as judges.

This year’s competition started with over 70 registered teams. Qualified entrants participated in a student-run venture review session, which allowed teams to receive feedback on their plans. The semifinal round, conducted virtually, included 27 teams submitting a business plan, a 10-minute recorded presentation with pitch deck and a short statement explaining how the coronavirus will affect their venture. We are grateful to the entrepreneurs, alumni, professional investors and advisors who served on the judging panel to evaluate and provide solid feedback for each team’s efforts.

On May 19, a new set of judges participated via Zoom for the final round. In advance of the event, the judges reviewed the teams’ business plans and presentations, and considered the entire business concept, looking at overall feasibility, viability, attractiveness to investors and possibilities for growth. The teams prepared for a live two-minute pitch followed by a Q&A session with the judges. The judges determined award prizes in a closed deliberation following the event, and the winners were announced that same evening.

In addition, students and alumni had the chance to vote for the $1,000 People's Choice Award.

realAppealAn online software that reduces the costs of owning real estate. We manage the end-to-end process of property tax reduction and help save property owners money and time.
Team: Frank DiZenzo ('21), Colton Pace ('21)
Sahara Cloud A cloud-based platform that allows developers to access physical boards, sensors, and test equipment in the cloud so that they can start their hardware R&D immediately without needing to access physical components.
Team: Jama Mohamed ('21), Andy Chang ('21), Annie Lu ('21), Joshua Kimmel ('21), Raghav Agarwal ('21)
Adatto Market An online content and booking platform providing young adult women with content, community, and care around their women's health.
Team: Colton Pace ('21), Frank DiZenzo ('21), Maura Liebendorfer ('21)
BONDLE LLC A California-based Digitally Native Vertical Brand offering sustainably produced French wines. Our product line is focused on magnum bottles (1.5L) to provide our customers and their loved ones the opportunity to celebrate and enjoy memorable wines. We care to deliver a unique customer experience, designed to highlight the character of each wine and producer in our portfolio.

Team: Alexandre Choate Moritz ('22), Duyen Ha, Mehdi Samraoui, Virginie Bonnet

Welrus An online platform that enables patients to shop for basic healthcare services provided at local clinics. Our mission is to make affordable healthcare more accessible for the masses.
Team: Shridhar Gambhir ('21), Ashesh Prakash ('21), Katherine Gaffney ('21)

During the past four decades, the Knapp Competition has supported more than 2,500 Anderson students in honing their entrepreneurial skills. Each May, the competition culminates with the final round presentations and award announcements. We are deeply grateful to Betsy and Bud Knapp for their legacy of support for this program, which has inspired generations of Anderson entrepreneurs.