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Competition finalists get $5,000, spot in summer accelerator
by Jeremy Gerlach
Eight new startups are gearing up for Trinity’s 2019 Stumberg Venture Competition, held on campus at the CSI Cube on Tuesday, March 26, from 3:30 to 9:00 p.m.
At the Stumberg competition, these startups will pitch their ideas to a table of accomplished judges. The top companies win $5,000 in seed money, secure a spot in the summer accelerator program, and then progress onto the Stumberg finals in October, with a $25,000 grand prize at stake.
The Stumberg competition, now in its fifth year, has awarded $215,000 in seed money to student startups. There have been 21 startups founded through this competition, with 16 still active. Past Stumberg startups have included companies such as Coldeclara, Quick Sip Coffee, and PATCH.
Meet the next generation of teams vying for a spot in the finals:
ProjecTech aims to increase safety for motorcyclists and bicyclists by increasing cyclists’ visibility to other motorists with an augmented turn signal. This signal, designed to be used in conjunction with standard equipped turn signals, will illuminate the ground with a flashing, amber equilateral triangle to signal a turn or lane change and increase visibility during morning, dusk, or nighttime rides.
Team Members: Robert Magee ’21, Christian Lee ’21, Chris Stewart ’21, and Parker Lewis ’22
Skate Cuff is a lock that allows users to secure their 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. One day, the startup aims to release its own models of electric vehicles.
Team Member: Andrew Koob ’22
La Escuela de Estella
La Escuela de Estella encourages 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).
Team Members: Estella Frausto ’21, Victoria Shirey ’21, and Marlee Jackson ’21
Adjust-A-Nut aims to revolutionize the maintenance and repair industry. Their “nut” would fit multiple sizes of bolts, thereby saving consumers time and frustration.
Team Members: Andrew Korando ’21 and Wyatt Ahrens ’22
Aomixs wants to provide young adults with the opportunity to create stories and comics that they love and earn money at the same time, no matter their drawing ability. Through the Aomixs mobile and web application, users can create comics and graphic novels using a unique software, and when a user's comic receives a certain amount of consistent traffic, the customer would receive a portion of the ad revenue.
Team Member: Chikanma Ibeh ’20
heARTful is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide all people the opportunity to engage with art, regardless of age or disability. Through interactive exhibits, the company will create a space that allows all people to engage with various mediums of art in a safe and educational environment.
Team Members: Bradley Sykes ’22, Nia Clements ’22, and Chryslyn Perkins ’22
IR SQUARED would connect Federal Aviation Administration drone pilots with emergency management organizations to achieve improved emergency response times and survival outcomes.
Team Members: Tiffany Perez ’21 and Stephan Lopez ’20
Streambook presents customers with an alternative to the current options for media consumption by creating a portable device that strips the act of streaming down to its core, designed solely around the act of watching or listening to a piece of content.
Team Member: Isaac Bartolomei ’20