SAN ANTONIO, TX — The innovation spotlight is once again turning to San Antonio as the 2023 Stumberg Venture Competition Final Round at San Antonio Startup Week approaches. This premiere event is set to showcase the entrepreneurial prowess of five finalist teams, each vying for the coveted $25,000 grand prize.
The Stumberg Venture Competition: Fostering Innovation
The Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition is a multi-part competition held biannually, offering students a unique opportunity to compete for mentorship and funding for their startup ideas. It’s a dynamic journey that begins with the Stumberg Seed Round, where teams pitch their concepts for a chance to secure $5,000 in seed funding and an entry into the Trinity Accelerator.
The Final Showdown
From the pool of talented participants in the Stumberg Seed Round, five teams emerged victorious, securing both funding and mentorship. These startups are now preparing to face off in the Final Round of the competition, where the stakes are higher than ever with a $25,000 grand prize on the line.
Date and Venue: Where Innovation Meets Opportunity
The 2023 Stumberg Venture Competition Final Round is scheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2023. The event will take place at Trinity University in the Chapman Auditorium, nestled inside the Chapman Center.
Event Timeline: A Glimpse into the Evening
4:00 pm – Check-in Begins: The event kicks off with check-in, where participants and attendees can get ready for an evening of innovation.
4:30 pm – Welcome Remarks and Program Begin: The program officially begins with welcoming remarks, setting the stage for the exciting pitches and presentations.
6:15 pm – Judges Deliberate: As the judges deliberate and make their decisions, the audience will have the chance to participate by voting for a crowd favorite.
6:45 pm – Winning Team Announcement: The moment everyone has been waiting for arrives as the winning team is announced. All teams will take the stage for a celebratory photograph.
6:45 – 8:00 pm – Reception: The evening concludes with a reception where attendees can network, celebrate innovation, and connect with the entrepreneurial community.
Meet the Finalist Teams: Innovation in Action
BFit: This team is revolutionizing fitness with a mobile application that offers a personalized experience of a personal trainer and nutritionist through artificial intelligence (AI).
GlassBrain: An educational desktop application rethinking how machine learning is taught, making it accessible and intuitive.
LiaisSun: This startup bridges sustainable technology with home goods by transforming artificial light sources to reduce energy use.
The Beast Collection: An athletic wear company focused on empowering young adults to lead healthy lives.
Well and Worthy: Redefining women’s wellness with a personalized wellness and lifestyle plan based on the menstrual cycle.
Meet the Judges: Expert Insights
The Final Round will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including Lara August, Founder and CEO of Robot Creative, Doug Conyers ’97, Senior Vice President at Helios Technologies, Inc., Dan Cornell ’98, Oscar Martinez ’92, Chief Financial Partner at Fractional C-Level Advisory Services, Tracie Shelton, Founder of Alamo Kitchen, and Eric Youngstrom ’94, Founder and CEO at Onramp Funds.
A Celebration of Innovation
The 2023 Stumberg Venture Competition Final Round at SASW is more than a competition; it’s a celebration of innovation, entrepreneurship, and the boundless potential of startup ideas. As these teams take the stage, they represent the future of San Antonio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Carmen Aramanda, Interim Director at Trinity University, shares her thoughts on the event: “Every day you notice problems in need of solutions. At Trinity University, undergraduate students are taking action. On October 19, the Finalists of the Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition will compete for $25,000 to continue working on these solutions. These students have been working for 10 months to prepare with the aid of mentors and the Trinity Accelerator. The San Antonio community is encouraged to attend and root for this next generation of change-makers.” For details on the location, teams, judges, and to RSVP, click here
Don’t miss this opportunity to witness innovation in action, connect with like-minded individuals, and be part of the excitement as these startups vie for the grand prize. Join us at Trinity University on October 19th and be a part of the innovation journey.