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Making the Cut

Monday, September 16, 2019
Stumber Competition Finalists at prelims in 2019

Entrepreneurs vying for $25,000 grand prize

High-tech turn signals. An anti-theft guardian. Accessible art. Interactive classroom storytelling. The magic of mariachis!

With Trinity’s Stumberg Venture Competition finals looming on Sept 18, the next generation of Trinity startups have taken shape. Five new businesses, all founded and run by Trinity undergraduates, have spent the past summer honing their business models and are prepared to pitch a star-studded panel of judges on why their startup deserves the $25,000 grand prize.

Meet the five teams hoping to make the final cut:

Bobby Magee pitches at Stumberg

LuxTurn Technologies

Bobby Magee ’21 isn’t re-inventing the wheel, but he is giving the turn signal a workover. As a motor enthusiast, athlete, and entrepreneur, Magee has channeled his love of cars—and a harrowing cycling accident—into co-founding LuxTurn Technologies. 

Chikanma Ibeh at Stumberg

StorySpread

Chikanma Ibeh ’22 is using the power of digital comics to inspire creativity in school classrooms. Ibeh wants to use comic creation and storytelling to give kids skills they can bring back to the classroom and their everyday lives. 

Chryslyn Perkins at Stumberg

HeARTful

Chryslyn Perkins ’22 has always been passionate about art. Now she wants to help bring interactive displays and galleries to members of the community who have developmental disabilities, encouraging collaboration and fun for all people who want to enjoy the classics.

Estella Frausto pitches at Stumberg

La Escuela de Estella

Estella Frausto ’21 wants to prepare high school mariachi students to continue their careers as musicians and strengthen the mariachi culture and community in Southwest ISD. The company plans to provide affordable group and private lessons, form a community mariachi band in which students and alumni may participate, and establish a strong network of musicians, as well as paid teacher positions (preferably for Trinity alumni).

Andrew Koob by skateboard

Skate Cuff

Andrew Koob ’22 has created a security device to secure electronic vehicles (such as scooters, skateboards, and even small skates) to bike racks, poles, and other available objects. The company hopes to eventually offer other products, such as lights and external batteries, and also plans to one day release its own models of electric vehicles.