University Startup Challenge

Meet the USC 2018 Companies

Company Description School
Blackcomb Networks provides an automated cyber threat protection solution that helps small business protect their IT infrastructure using advanced security analytics, AI and machine learning algorithms, with low total cost of ownership.
Chica Chocolate crafts high quality chocolate truffles infused with Chinese herbs chosen to promote hormone balance and ease menstrual cycles. Chica is delivered to your door as a subscription, making it easy and delicious to love your period. Chica is founded by two young women working to increase dialogue around periods that is inclusive of every cycle.
Give and Go is the world’s first automated film-editing platform for sports teams and coaches. Our software replaces the current labor-intensive and time-consuming video editing process with an exponentially more efficient automatic solution using computer vision. Our platform edits sports footage on average 72x faster than the leading competitor and 9x times faster than a coach can. With even greater accuracy and additional functionality.
Park-It provides the newest way of convenience to the parking world by eliminating the unnecessary stresses of parking. We are a website and mobile application that creates public reservation parking by connecting drivers with private property owners. Think Airbnb for parking. Through our user-friendly platform, providers can easily earn money by rent out parking spots on their property to drivers looking to avoid the hassles of finding a parking spot. Air Force Academy
PocketChange is a revolutionary new venture that combines tiny donations ($0.25-$2.00) with huge positive impacts. We pair micro donations to the world’s most impactful charities with massively viral social media content to give everyone an affordable and instantaneous way to make a difference.
Project [un]Contained embodies the achievable idea that harsh environments should not result in harsh living conditions. This effort is led by undergraduate University of Colorado, Denver students to design, develop, and deliver a deployable, multi-purpose structure utilizing upcycled shipping containers to make a positive impact in the developing world.
Score A Friend is a nonprofit startup that supports the education and activation of youth leaders to build inclusion in the world. Youth of all abilities work together within school-based Score A Friend Clubs to lead school wide inclusion education initiatives and implement inclusive programs and products. Score A Friend Inclusive Programs include; Buddies Programs, Unified Elective Programs, Score A Friend Week, and Sports and Booster Clubs. The Score A Friend youth-led Inclusion Movement champions equal opportunities and systems change initiatives to advance inclusion for youth of all abilities throughout the world.
Trof: Discover new food and make new friends with Trof. With a push of a button, you can create a group to meet up at a local restaurant, or you can join someone else’s. View everyone’s interests and where they’re from. Whether in your hometown or traveling the world, Trof is the best way to meet new people wherever you are.
YUCK is an easy, accessible app that allows college students to request cleaning services for the dorms, apartments and houses at the push of a few buttons. Not only is it made for college students but it will be fully employed by them as well, providing flexible jobs and services for the college youth- therefore creating its own sustainable economy.

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 startupsThe pitch:

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

University of Denver, March 20, 2017 4:30-6:00 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.