Fairfield StartUp Showcase

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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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2018 StartUp Showcase Teams

Belle

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

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.

 

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2018 Bonus Presentation

Tempas

2017 Showcase competitors Tempas will return to talk about the progress they've made over the last year, and to unveil the prototype for their mobile platform. They'll also share details about their business model and how they've evolved.

2018 StartUp Showcase Investors

Adam Belardino ’06

Adam Belardino is a financial services executive with Barnum Financial Group. Prior to joining Barnum, Adam worked for MetLife in the Service, Strategy, and Planning team within IB Operations and Services. Since 2010, he has been a part of an elite group of advisors who earned MetLife Premier Client Group’s Platinum Advisor Recognition. 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. Adam graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in Economics and a BA in Political Science. 

Joseph Bronson ’70

Joseph (Joe) Bronson is currently principal and CEO of The Bronson Group, LLC, a business advisory group focused on operational and financial consulting. In addition, he is a strategic advisor and managing director of Cowen Group, Inc., a New York City-based investment banking firm, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Fairfield University. Joe is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He was inducted into the UConn Business School Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Fairfield University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2017.

Scott DePetris ’99

Scott DePetris is co-founder and CEO of Liquid Digital Holdings, LLC and a proven serial entrepreneur. Prior to joining Liquid Digital, he was a founding member and president of Portware, LLC, as well as a co-founder and SVP of ExchangeLab, Inc. Scott serves on numerous for-profit boards and is a board member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is also an active philanthropist and serves as the Chairman of LSA Family Health Service and is a board member at Domus Kids in Stamford, CT. Scott graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in Economics and Finance.

Mary Anne Rooke P'20

Mary Anne Rooke is the founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm that specializes in helping early stage technology companies on the verge of high growth. She is also executive director of Crossroads Venture Group (CVG), Connecticut's investor, entrepreneur, and resource network, and is president and managing director of Angel Investor Forum (AIF) Board of Directors, a Connecticut-based angel group. Mary Anne also consults for the UConn Innovation Fund, as well as many other 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.

Last Year's Teams

Africa Requests

The one-stop solution that delivers safe, secured, insured supply chain to Ghana and other African countries — a fertile ground for counterfeit products due to lack of infrastructure and strong consumer protection laws. Africa Requests plans to improve the lives of African people one product at a time by providing an unprecedented level of security.

College Place

College Place is a website that will help students find off-campus housing by connecting them with landlords in their area, all in an effort to reduce stress, create better connections and be more efficient. John Daniels founded College Place after struggling to find off-campus housing in the Fairfield beach area his senior year.

Tempas

Tempas is a mobile platform that allows college students to connect with their friends by sharing their academic and social calendars to find time to go to dinner, study, or hang out. We realize the difficulty that college students have in scheduling their days while also trying to be as social as possible. We allow local businesses to post about their upcoming events and specials so no one will be stuck on campus or out in town with nothing to do.

Trees of Life

Started as a research initiative under Dr. Graeme Berlyn of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Trees of Life is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring clean, potable water to the millions of individuals who currently do not have access to this basic human right.

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