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商学院学生间距创业点子的天使投资 - 过度放大

埃文埃利奥特,USF新闻 发布 星期二,2020年9月1日 - 13:32

在管理的USF学校,一个全球性流行病不能让学生从规划和俯仰他们的创业公司。

学生在 MS in Entrepreneurship & Innovation 程序在八月“鲨鱼池”的竞争,在变焦时,在他们投的经营理念,以法官组成的小组参加。

包括法拉巴蒂,知识产权律师,法官;渡边恭子94年工商管理硕士,风险投资;诺拉瑞安MBA 88年,一个企业的发展策略; 亚光paknis,高级管理顾问;和 FAZ草桥,医学博士,生命科学天使投资集团。

未来五分钟

十三队比赛。建议的企业包括尼科卫生保健,N95口罩制造商; safepet,宠物追踪项圈和宠物主人的社交平台;和chefport,在线平台,为家庭厨师。

每队投了五分钟。每个间距后,法官问的问题。

“但是是什么让您的业务有什么不同?”

“你怎么来控制成本?”

“怎么样来自中国的竞争?”

The winning pitch: Spear & Howard, a web platform on which fashion designers post their clothing in search of buyers. If enough "investors" pledge to buy a given garment, Spear & Howard manufactures it — ethically and with no waste — and ships it to each investor.

"We're kind of like Kickstarter, except we're green, and we handle all manufacturing and shipping and returns," said Gabriel Vargas MS ’20, CEO of Spear & Howard.

While judge Matt Paknis said that “Spear & Howard sounds like a law firm” (the name comes from the two streets at which USF’s downtown campus is located), the judges praised the pitch.

“In all the years that I’ve represented clothing designers, Spear & Howard is providing the one thing that designers always ask me about: Do you know someone who can produce my designs?” said judge Farah Bhatti. “And the sustainability part of it is extremely important.”

旁边:资金

Gabriel Vargas said the judges gave him and his Spear & Howard co-founders, John Murray MS ’20 and Natassja Selvarajah MS ’20, the encouragement they need to keep working on their business idea.

“We want to make something out of Spear & Howard,” Vargas said. “Next year, we hope to start raising funds for real.”