Lundquist College entrepreneurs are transforming industries and adding value. Check out some of the successes our undergraduate and graduate students associated with the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship achieved in recent weeks:
ROAM Fitness Opens First Airport Location
Ty Manegold and Cynthia Sandall, both MBA ’15, have much to celebrate as their first ROAM Fitness center opened at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. According to ROAM, the 1,175-square-foot facility features cardio equipment, stretching space, free weights, medicine balls, yoga props, a TRX system, and of course, showers. As students, Manegold and Sandall refined Manegold’s idea for airport-based gyms through the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship’s yearlong Venture Launch Pathway.
QuackHatch Undergrad Pitching Competition
The second annual QuackHatch undergraduate pitching competition March 7 saw students come together from multiple majors to vie for prize money and advancement to the annual University of Oregon/Oregon State University business plan competition later this spring. First place went to material and product studies majors Josh Lyman and Tin Le for their Motive Mobile App. Business student Chris Ableidinger, with computer and information science students Joseph Yaconelli and Liz Olson, took second for LittMitt. Third place went to business students Logan Dix, Jason Stofiel, Devin Santamaria, and Kim Nguyen for SYPHT (see more below), a document automation analysis app. The Entrepreneurship Club hosted the event at the Lillis Business Complex.
Cinch Success at mai Bangkok Business Challenge
Entrepreneurship MBA candidates Eddie Rosenberg and Lauren McHolm, joined finance MBA candidate Alex Bibb, and sustainability candidate Eric Parsons to create Cinch, portable pods created to safely remove litter from natural spaces. Their work took them to the to the finals of the PDX Elevating Impact Summit on February 13. The Cinch team then traveled to Thailand, winning best presentation in its group at the mai Bangkok Business Challenge, hosted by the Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University February 16-18.
SYPHT on the Competition Circuit
The creators of SYPHT, an app to help users analyze documents, competed in Princeton University’s collegiate pitch contest TigerLaunch western regionals on February 10 at University of Washington in Seattle. The team walked away with the audience choice award. Formed in a MGMT 335 class, the team includes Logan Dix, Jason Stofiel, Devin Santamaria, and Kim Nguyen. SYPHT then took third at the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship QuackHatch competition March 8. Next up for SYPHT is PitchFestNW, the global startup competition at TechFestNW, March 23 and 24 at the Portland Art Museum.
Wildwood Towers, a venture by entrepreneurship program alumnus Keenan Hoar, was also invited to compete in the PitchFestNW competition.
Duck Store’s Oregon Incubator Program
Our student entrepreneurs are seeing success with ventures refined or launched while studying at the Lundquist College. Four Lundquist startups have been accepted to the Oregon Incubator Program: Bluprint Bike, Wildwood Towers, Duck Feet, and LittMitt. The incubator is a partnership between The Duck Store and University of Oregon Brand Management and is designed to provide new entrepreneurs and businesses with the resources to bring an idea from concept to reality.