Startup Launch Competition

This week the Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship Club will be hosting the SMU Startup Launch Competition on Friday, March 25th, 2022, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. 10 finalists from the SMU Business Accelerator Program will be competing for over $50,000 in awards, a combination of non-dilutive cash prizes and in-kind donations. SMU’s next-gen entrepreneurs will deliver a 10-minute presentation/pitch followed by a 5-minute Q&A from a panel of esteemed judges from the DFW entrepreneur and Venture Capital community. Please join us as these amazing finalists showcase their businesses in the culmination of a great inaugural SMU Business Accelerator Program!

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Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA

Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA

CEO, Co-founder & Partner at Health Wildcatters

Moderator

Hubert Zajicek, MD MBA is co-founder, partner and CEO of Health Wildcatters. Health Wildcatters is a top-ranked seed stage healthcare fund and accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to up to 12 healthcare related startups during an intensive 3 month program annually. The fund has invested in over 80 healthcare startups, which have attracted over $200M in capital in 8 years. Over the past 15 years he has reviewed, evaluated, mentored and advised thousands of startup companies. Prior, he was on faculty at UT Southwestern, as an NIH funded principal investigator, in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology. He has an MD from the University of Vienna and an MBA from SMU. He lives in Dallas, with his wife, Beth McNally Zajicek, MD, a diagnostic radiologist, and two daughters.

Meet the judges:

Laura Baldwin

Laura Baldwin

President of Waco Bend Asset Management Ltd. & Managing Partner of Goldenseed Ventures

Dennis Cail

Dennis Cail

CEO and Founder at Zirtue

Elyse Dickerson

Elyse Dickerson

CEO and Co-Founder Eosera, Inc.

Blake Wiley

Blake Wiley

Co-founder of Access Capital

Helmuth Ludwig

Helmuth Ludwig

Professor of Practice for Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Marisa Bertha

Marisa Bertha

Vice President of Growth, Business Development & Head of 7-Ventures at 7-Eleven

Meet the Finalists:

Irewole Akande - City Health Tech Inc

City Health Tech is a public health tech startup promoting health literacy and more hygienic habits while collecting informative data through its proprietary and revolutionary IoT health communication device, Opal™. By installing Opal™ in event centers, schools, office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and food manufacturing facilities, organizations can encourage healthier habits (e.g. handwashing) within their space, communicate with their community, and collect key hygiene data that can be leveraged to better prevent the spread of diseases. Learn more…

Elias Ellefsen - Spiked

Spiked is an all-natural, spirits based alcoholic seltzer that uses the electrolytes, minerals, vitamins, and rare antioxidants found naturally in the prickly pear cactus to help re-hydrate, manage fluid balance, and provide a better taste for your alcoholic beverage. Learn more…

Hunter Gore - Horizon's Edge

Design and manufacture electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) aircraft. The first product, Dragonfly, will be a personal EVTOL within the minimally regulated ultralight aircraft category. Learn more…

Katie Lewis - Borrow

Borrow is the peer-to-peer marketplace for renting. Learn more…

Jude Lugo - Commerce Navigator

Commerce Navigator will use powerful technology to offer e-commerce entrepreneurs an all-in-one platform to manage their sales and track their profits — providing support every step of the way. Learn more…

Phillip Truppelli & Ethan Lux - Principia Technologies

The goal of Principia Technologies is to empower retail investors by providing free and reliable information to increase the adoption of informed investing leading to more efficient capital markets. Learn more…

Madison McMahon - The Social Panacea

Panacea is an app that encourages and helps university students connect and form new friendships based on similar interests. It matches people to people, and people to events in their area based on those interests. Learn more…

Sonia Saeed - spotBOX LLC

spotBOX is a menstrual education and product company that provides users with a web and mobile application to track their period, receive informational content on their symptoms, and shop the subscription box service, all in one place. Learn more…

Adam Siepker - OrcaChat, LLC

We help e-commerce brands increase their website conversation rate. We do this by allowing the brand’s online shoppers to chat in real-time with existing customers who own the product. Learn more…

Seun Suberu - CollegePlus

CollegePlus creates and aggregates all the predetermined significant resources such as college recommendations, degree recommendations, and scholarships available on the internet into one concise platform to reduce the complexity for potential and current college students. The products are the accumulation of key resources a high schooler needs to understand how to plan a collegiate career. Learn more…

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