University Startup Challenge

Meet the USC 2019 Companies

Company Description School
GNAPEX is a new marketplace that allows consumers to propose custom deals to restaurants in exchange for leveraging their social media spheres of influence to drive local word-of-mouth marketing for businesses Air Force Academy
Internalyze is an online service that connects students with internship opportunities at growing companies.
The Invictus Project‘s mission is to empower veterans to live more fulfilled lives by treating the root cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. We are taking a diagnostics first approach to treating mental health disorders. Patients treated through our program first receive a QSPECT brain scan through our partner Cerecan that gives us a 3D heatmap of the brain as well as a comprehensive blood panel, these diagnostics allow us to tailor our treatment protocols to address the underlying cause of patients mental health symptoms.


Momentix is a toy company that empowers all kids with the creativity and resilience to pursue STEM. Our pieces make Rube Goldberg-style chain reaction machines easier to build while teaching basic, accessible physics concepts. Founded by two women with backgrounds in physics and design, our mission is to destigmatize failure and make science learning more equitable.


Volta Irrigation is a revenue-generating and environmentally restorative social enterprise that aims to increase the profitability of smallholders farmers through a focus on water usage and resource optimization. Volta Irrigation currently serves over 150 farmers with a repayment rate of 98%.

The opportunity:

  • Chance to pitch to real investors
  • “Pitch mentors” to work with each team help refine your presentation
  • Feedback from a panel of judges specifically for the University Startup Challenge
  • Great opportunity to network with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders

On stage, during the conference, alongside other startups
The pitch:

  • 5 minute presentation
  • 5 minutes for Q&A, feedback from judges

University of Denver, March 26, 2019 4:00-5:00 PM

Student entrepreneurs are eligible for real money! This isn’t your typical college business plan competition. This is the real deal – VC’s, angel investors and all. If your startup needs real money to grow, you’ll be able to fundraise just like the startups that go through the Rockies Venture Club screening process.

There will also be a winner among the students, decided by a panel of judges specifically for this part of the conference.

Any questions, email Normal conference registration (with student discounts) can be found here.