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30 Student Startups Selected as Semifinalists in Annual LaunchPad Pitch Competition


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The Blackstone Launchpad & Techstars network has announced the 30 student startup teams competing in the semifinalist round of its annual pitch competition this February 8 and 9. Nominated by Campus Directors at nearly all of the 30 LaunchPad network colleges and universities, students were evaluated based on four criteria: Innovation, Business Model and Viability, Team, and Pitch Quality.

Competing in early February before over 40 judges from the Blackstone and Techstars networks, these student founders will be vying for one of seven spots to pitch live at the 2021 LaunchPad Annual Pitch Competition hosted virtually at the Startup Grind Global Conference, at Startup Grind on February 23 through 25. At that event, the seven finalists LaunchPad students will be competing for a chance at winning a total of $55,000 in prizes. (There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ element to the competition, with online voting February 16-23! So stay tuned…)

Semifinalist student startups come from a wide range of industries, from healthcare and biotech like CarpeMed and PHIXED Systems, to fintech, like StartSmart and FSCL. There are also a number of innovative startups offering consumer goods, like Yaupon Brothers American Tea, SporeAttic, and Oga Faaji. Students are from many schools in the LaunchPad network, with 11 coming from University of California schools, 6 coming from University of Texas schools (fresh on the heels of a LaunchPad network expansion there), and 13 coming from other schools from as far as Montana and New York – one student startup even hails from Ireland!

The top 30 semifinalist startups also represent a variety of both students and teams that have participated in LaunchPad programming before, such as ReadyTeddy from the Fall 2020 Social Impact-focused LaunchPad Fellowship program and Unlimited Jewelry which originated at one of the 2020 LaunchPad Startup Weekends. Others are gaining access to the entrepreneurial skill-development opportunities LaunchPad offers for the very first time.

Meet the 2021 LaunchPad Pitch Competition Semifinalists:

Big & MiniUniversity of Texas at Austin
BiobandageUniversity of California, Davis
CarpeMedUniversity of California, Berkeley
ClocrUniversity of Texas at Austin
EDGE Sound ResearchUniversity of California, Riverside
EyeLeadUniversity of California, Davis
FLUIX LLCUniversity of Central Florida
FSCLSyracuse University
HopscotchCornell University
InternBytesThe University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Limitless Medical TechnologiesState University of New York at Buffalo
My TeleHealTemple University
Oga FaajiState University of New York at Albany
Opollo Technologies, LLCState University of New York at Buffalo
PHIXED SystemsUniversity of California, Davis
PoliciCornell University
Ready Teddy (Lumeum)University of Southern California
realAppealUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Reallos TechnologiesThe University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)
Saru Recycling, LLCUniversity of California, Riverside
SectorNew York University
SerenUniversity of California, Berkeley
SporeAttic LLCMontana State University
StartSmartUniversity of California, Irvine
The Lichen LabUniversity of California, San Diego
The TRE ProjectThe University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
TymeUniversity of California, San Diego
Unlimited JewelryThe University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB)
VolumiTrinity College Dublin
Yaupon Brothers American TeaUniversity of Central Florida

Learn about all of these student founders and their startups in the 2021 LaunchPad Pitch Competition Lookbook.