The Dartmouth Ventures 2013 Conference and Contest took place on campus last weekend (Saturday, April 6th). NH Governor Maggie Hassan helped kicked off the day along, with Dartmouth President Carol Folt. At 8:30 am Cook was packed and everyone was ready for an entrepreneurial day.
A lively keynote interview followed opening remarks with Diana Taylor D'77 and Bill Helman D'80. The keynote interview focused on issues of success and social value, posing the question, "How does a company or idea create social value, no matter if it's for-profit or non-profit?"
DV included a startup showcase of more than 25 teams who manned their tables across the conference floor throughout most of the day. Additionally, there were 9 panels in 3 classrooms, 4 workshops, a fireside chat on mentorship, tons of networking, and a $50K e-ship contest. Click here to view the full conference schedule.
After receiving close to 100 contest applications, the final round of 3 took place on Saturday, April 6th between:
After Samsara, InstantInsight, and Sighten battled it out for almost 90 minutes, the judges deliberated and came back with the following results:
Best in show $25K
InstantInsight (Tuck student team)
2nd Place $10K
Samsara (Dartmouth undergrad team), and
3rd Place $5K
Sighten (DEN City team)
InstantInsight wins Best in Show - $25K
This year DV registration fees funded the People's Choice Award. When participants checked in on Saturday
morning they were given a DV 2013 chip and asked to use the chip to cast their vote for their favorite team. Close to 200 participants filed into the Georgiopoulos Classroom to watch the final round and cast their vote. Chips were counted during the closing mixer...and, Samsara won the People's Choice Award.
Samsara wins People's Choice Award - $6K
The DV team is pleased to recognize
and thank all of its sponsors.
Preliminary Contest Rounds
On Friday morning, April 5th, 10 DEN City teams competed in the quarter-final contest round in 2 classrooms with 7 judges. The following 2 teams were selected to advance to the semi-final round that afternoon.
Frida Polli D'94, DEN NYC
Conlan O'Leary D'09, DEN Seattle
The 10 DEN City Quarter-Finalists
Capurro Premium Pisco, DEN Bay Area
myProxy, DEN Boston
Ecomyths, DEN Chicago
TechNO, DEN CT
Printless Plans, DEN DC
Georgie Beauty, DEN NC
Viahart, DEN NM
Pymetrics, DEN NYC
Compass Educational Strategies, DEN Ohio
Sighten, DEN Seattle
The Semi-Final round was held on Friday afternoon,
April 5th. Twelve teams competed in 3 classrooms, with 10 different judges listening and asking probing questions. The following 3 teams were selected to advance to the final round on Saturday.
Ashley Conti T'13, Kaitlin Donovan T13
Graham Lincoln T'13, Vishnu Narayanasamy T'13, and
Mark Robinton TP'13
Garrett Waggoner D'13, Andy Gay, D'14, and
Jimmy Johnson D'14
Conlan O'Leary D'09
The 12 Semi-Finalists
Best in Show - 1st Prize
Best in Show - 2nd Prize
Best in Show - 3rd Prize
Honorable Mentions - $1,000 each
B.B.R. Medical Innovations, Inc.
Monkey in the Middle
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for an overview of the semi-final teams.
Following the semi-final round, all contest participants, judges, and DV panelists were invited to a mixer at the Hanover Inn sponsored by Borealis Ventures (Phil Ferneau D'84, T'96 and Matt Rightmire T'96). The reception was good fun where more than 60 alums and students networked and celebrated their contest run.
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Best in Show - $25K
2nd Place - $10K
3rd Place - $5K