Fairfield StartUp Announces Five Business Ideas That Will Debut at the Showcase on April 23

Fairfield StartUp Announces Five Business Ideas That Will Debut at the Showcase on April 23

students pitching at the 2019 startup showcase

Anthony Mastrocola ’19 and Michael Spillane ’19 pitching at the 2019 StartUp Showcase

Four solopreneurs and one team will meet weekly with mentors this semester, to prep their business plans to pitch for seed money in front of a panel of investors and a live audience.

Planning for Fairfield’s annual Shark Tank-style entrepreneurship competition, the Fairfield StartUp Showcase, is well underway and students who will pitch to investors for seed money are hard at work to refine their business ideas. Last month, students competed in the Qualifier round and five business ideas rose to the top – these will debut at this year’s Showcase.

“The business ideas that will be presented at this year’s Showcase are all passion projects, and each team has a strong vision and high level of commitment,” said Chris Huntley, PhD, associate professor and program director of Fairfield StartUp.

Learn more about this year’s StartUp Showcase teams:

Dayverse, founded by Dayanna Mazo ’20, is a collection of unique, handcrafted jewelry designed to affirm a person’s identity and purpose by telling their story.

Estial, founded by John Cain ’22, is a payment app that ensures that small transactions between friends and large transactions between companies are safe from fraud, offering tighter security while remaining lightning fast.

Hustlin’, founded by Winston Demartini ’20, is a "smart weight" app for athletes and physical therapists that uses sensor-based smart weights and smart shirts, and interactive data-drive 3D models.

Priority Route, founded by a group of senior engineering students, is an interactive route optimization software designed to save small and medium size businesses time and valuable resources.

Sharing the Barre, founded by Abigail Sakati ’20, is a line of dancewear committed to empowering dancers to feel confident in what they wear, to embrace their bodies with love, and to believe in their abilities.

Save the date — April 23 — to see these teams pitch at the 2020 Fairfield StartUp Showcase. To learn more about the Showcase visit Fairfield.edu/startup.

Can’t make it to the Showcase? You can watch the action live on Facebook.

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