Fairfield StartUp Showcase

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Quick Center for the Arts
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Showcase starts at 6:30 p.m.

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What is Fairfield StartUp?

The Fairfield StartUp Showcase is the University’s annual entrepreneurship competition and part of the Fairfield StartUp program. At the Showcase select teams, made up of student entrepreneurs, make their business pitches to a panel of investors to compete for seed money in front of a live audience.

Before making it to the Showcase, students are shepherded through a year-long sequence of educational, networking, and mentoring events designed to help them ideate and articulate their business models, recruit teams and mentors, and attract partners and other resources needed to start their businesses.




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2019 StartUp Showcase Teams


AutoDolly is an affordable camera motion control device for independent filmmakers on a budget. It provides camera movements with minimal pre-programming so the focus can be on creativity and flow.


SheIsArt is a digital magazine that seeks to uplift and unify women of color by demonstrating that every woman is art and has a compelling story.


Sketch2Market is a one-stop-shop for getting your product ready to market. Come with a sketch and leave with a finished, 3D-printed product and a new business partner.

Urban Harvest

Urban Harvest is a city-friendly agriculture solution that provides fresh, local, and affordable produce year-round to urban areas that national grocery chains don't reach.


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2019 Investor Panel

Adam Belardino ’06

Adam Belardino is the managing director of Maddox Premier Client Group. Prior to creating Maddox, Adam was a financial services executive at Barnum Financial Group (BFG) and also worked for MetLife in the Service, Strategy, and Planning team within IB Operations and Services. From 2010-2018 he was part of an elite group of advisors who earned MetLife Premier Client Group’s Platinum Advisor Recognition. After 14 years with BFG, Adam developed his own estate management firm, Maddox Premier Client Group, which specializes in estate and financing solutions in the tech industry. In his community, Adam is a member of the Umbrella Club Charter Group which specializes in community work supporting children and adults with special needs. He graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in Economics and a BA in Political Science. Adam lives in Scarsdale, NY with his wife Michelle '07 and his boys Christian and Maddox.

Bob Dorf

Bob Dorf is a world-renowned startup coach, author, and educator. He founded seven startups of his own, which he describes as "two home runs, two base hits, and three solid tax losses." Bob's most successful startups were Marketing 1to1, the customer relationship management provider, and Peppers & Rogers Group, the customer experience consulting firm. He is co-author of The Startup Owner's Manual and has sold more than 500,000 copies in 23 languages. Bob travels the world training entrepreneurs and their coaches and mentors. When he's not traveling, Bob can usually be found coaching startups in NYC or teaching courses at Columbia University.

Dagan Kasavana ‘99

Dagan Kasavana is founder and CEO of Phoenix Tower International and chairman of Phoenix Tower do Brasil, one of the fastest growing wireless infrastructure businesses in the western hemisphere. He founded the business in 2013, guides the strategic direction of the company, oversees capital investment across various countries and transaction types, and leads all other significant corporate initiatives. Prior to founding Phoenix Tower International, he was senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Global Tower Partners from 2006 to 2013. Dagan is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University.

Mary Anne Rooke P'20

Mary Anne Rooke is the president and managing director of Angel Investor Forum, the Connecticut-based angel group. She also is founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm that specializes in helping early stage technology companies on the verge of high growth. Mary Anne is a partner in Mystic River Ventures (MRV) that serves as fund managers for the UConn Innovation Fund. She also advises and mentors startups in many regional accelerators and has held leadership positions in multiple industries ranging from startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies. Mary Anne graduated from Annhurst College with a BS in Accounting and has her MBA from Golden Gate University’s Executive MBA Program.

2018 Teams


Belle is a B Corporation, a for-profit business dedicated to social issues. It serves its mission through workshops centered on timely social issues and Simply Belle, an inspirational clothing line that aims to build a community to empower female adolescents.

EZ Bikes

EZ Bikes is a company that aims to alleviate the stress of finding and maintaining reliable transportation for college students through the use of an electric bicycle sharing platform, which features dockless ride-sharing and a host of consumer conveniences.


UNetwork is an exclusive alumni networking tool for universities designed to connect past, present, and future students. UNetwork lets you network better.

Land Maverick

Land Maverick is a robotic rover designed to automate the process of soil sampling for faster and more accurate results. As a B2B company, Land Maverick's goal is to provide the data to take the "trial and error" out of soil management on golf courses, corporate campuses, vineyards, and farms.

2019 Sponsors