Finalists
 

On May 14, 2020, 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 Q&A from the judges. Following the presentations, the judges held closed deliberations. Watch the event .

 

2020 Finalists

 

Now in its 39th year, the Knapp Venture Competition is one of the premier academic business plan competitions in Southern California. Each Spring, 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 40+ 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 25 teams submitting a business plan, a 15-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 14 th, a new set of judges will participate via Zoom for the Final Round. In advance of the event, the judges will review the teams’ business plans and presentations and consider the entire business concept, looking at overall feasibility, viability, attractiveness to investors and possibilities for growth. The teams will prepare for a live 2-minute pitch followed by judges’ Q&A. The judges will determine award prizes in a closed deliberation following the event and the winners will be announced within 24 hours via email to all attendees.

In addition, you have the opportunity to vote for the $1000 People's Choice Award. Voting closes May 13th at 11:59 p.m. You can only vote once.

Gen Beauty
Gen Beauty, LLC Gen is an eastern inspired CPG startup focused on holistic beauty. Partnering with traditional chinese medicine doctors and pharmacists, we offer health and beauty hair, skin, and nails gummy supplements with both eastern and western ingredients.
Team: Chi Shing Tsui (FEMBA '20), Bethy Poluikis (FEMBA '20), Alan Tran (FEMBA '20), Kevin Wu (FEMBA '20), Rita Cheng (FEMBA '20)

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Hiyo
hiyo For millennial consumers who want health over hurt, quality over status quo, and a more meaningful social experience, hiyo is a mood-enhancing social tonic that is a refreshing, fun, and functional alternative to alcohol. 
Team: Evan Quinn ('20), George Youmans

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RealAppeal
realAppeal For property owners who want to reduce their property taxes, realAppeal uses localized data and machine learning to file property tax appeals on your behalf, reducing your liability and in turn saving you money.
Team: Colton Pace ('21), Frank DiZenzo ('21), Maura Liebendorfer ('21)

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VHome
VHomes Building the future of affordable homes. VHomes targets distressed, unwanted real estate and turns the properties into short term rental beauties. VHomes improves properties with smart home technology and vibrant designs to provide low-income and budget housing options on a nightly, weekly, and monthly basis. The flexible, technology driven furnished rentals have served over 800 guests in 2020 thus far. 

Team: Michael Vilardo ('21), Brennan Ross ('21), Daniel Xo (JD '21), Victor Zhou (BS - CS UCLA '22), Hollie Sterling (FSU '17)
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Wire
Wire is a cleantech mobility startup making freedom accessible through affordable personal electric. vehicles. We are the nation's first scooter subscription company focusing on service and maintenance.
Team: Lawrence Ham (FEMBA '22), Jay Tsao (EE '12), Nick Drombosky

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Vote for People’s Choice Award – Best Fast Pitch.

 

From the top ten semifinalists, 6 teams have been chosen to share their fast pitch for a chance at $1,000. Click on the logos below to see their pitch and:


 

Fast Pitch Teams

 
OYA Apparel Watch Video
OYA Apparel For new moms and casual athletes, OYA Apparel is a solutions-focused legging brand that promotes self-care, inner beauty, and feminine wellness. We provide enhanced curve coverage, moisture absorption, genital ventilation, and odor control features.
Team: Patrick Ayers ('21), Mitchella Gilbert ('21), Raylan Vaz ('21), Mac Seder ('21), Ahmed Mahmood (Rochester ’21)
Picknic Watch Video
Picknic  is an e-commerce brand that delivers fresh, ready-to-eat ‘bites on boards’ to enhance any event or occasion. At Picknic, our goal is to make people gather. 
Team: Yvette Harper ('20), Alex Cunigan ('20)
Playloop Watch Video
PlayLoop, LLC opens a world of learning for children ages 1-4 by providing high-quality and developmentally-appropriate learning materials through a monthly rental subscription service, curated by early-childhood development experts.
Team: Jacquelyn Maxton (FEMBA '21), Devin Ko (FEMBA '21), Kathy Ng (FEMBA '21), Whitney Sun (FEMBA '21), Oisin Tong (FEMBA '21)
Robynro Watch Video
Robynro is everyday sexy underwear reimagined for the modern woman. With superior fabric and a fresh design, Robynro makes “everyday lingerie” more modern, durable and aesthetically pleasing than today’s incumbent brands.
Team: Robyn Rapaport ('20), Caroline Hart ('20), Jacob Ansel ('20), Sarah Klein ('20), Bardia Aghdaey ('20)
Rooo Watch Video
Rooo We are a digital wellness app delivering physical therapy exercises in a fun and relevant way. We help people build healthy movement habits to improve posture, get better at a sport, or prevent pain.
Team: Jessica Cheng ('20), Ava Kavelle ('20), Brandon Brooks ('20), Jonathan Helman ('20), Jeremy Queenin ('20)
Wise Earthcare Watch Video Wise Earthcare is eliminating plastics in personal care products, starting with oral care. 
Team: Belinda Lau (EMBA '20), Pradnya Parulekar (EMBA '20), Andrew Coyle (EMBA '20), Ingrid Vining (EMBA '20), William Hawkins (EMBA '20), Amish Chhita (EMBA '20)

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.