On October 24, thirteen talented teams of Penn student entrepreneurs presented their startup ideas at the Weiss Tech House’s Elevator Pitch. Judged by Spencer Weiss (M&T ’19), venture capitalist Brett Topche (W’02), and businessman Harvey Hoffman, contestants could leave with prize funding of $1000 for first place, $250 for second, and $100 for third.
From student projects such as TokenLaunch to GLO, many brilliant ideas were pitched. The judges ruled that in 3rd Place came MyOnlineLocker, 2nd was Fitalyst, and 1st was Inventor Space. MyOnlineLocker provides a secure online cloud service where nonprofits can store the documents of homeless persons for easy access and form filing. Current partners who are working alongside and offering expertise to MyOnlineLocker are Broad Street Ministry and Penn Law. Coming in 2nd Place, Fitalyst utilizes messaging platforms to build data-driven and time-saving wellness tools for students and their institutions. Their first product called Tag, which offers streamlined communication with friends over FaceBook messenger, has already 400 student users and the Fitalyst team seeks to expand to 3 to 5 schools in the near future. Finally, in 1st place, came Inventor Space. Inventor Space seeks to better design High School Makerspaces that are aligned with student interest and teacher expertise. Inventor Space currently pilots their approach with 180 students through a high school in Pennsylvania with partnering teachers. The team behind Inventor Space seeks to expand further and continue to offer new innovations in education.