NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit - January 2021 Online Forum

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New Enterprise Forum invites you to join us for our January ONLINE Forum Meeting followed by virtual networking with attendees.

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Showcase Presenter - BACKBOARD

Anthony Montalbano is a co-founder of Backboard. Previously, he ran a software consulting firm in Detroit, MI. For over 8 years he and his team built enterprise e-commerce, advanced analytics, and sales platforms. He has consulted with multiple QSR pizza companies, most recently Jet’s Pizza. He previously worked for Domino’s Pizza as a tech lead on the e-commerce experience, visual pizza builder, and pizza tracker.

Anthony co-founded Backboard in 2020 to create a new touch-less communication experience for frontline employees in organizations with numerous locations. In 2021, Backboard is launching in 400+ restaurants in the US.PowerPoint

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Pitch Pit

This month, selected student entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no PowerPoint presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

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Jacqueline Sun and Taylor Hurley from the University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute will present Brassi. Brassi is a start-up focused on providing an easy-to-make, shelf-stable, and flavorful cauliflower oats bowl as full-nutrition oatmeal.

Jake Roach from the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University will present CAPNOS. CAPNOS' mission is to prevent some lung diseases with a better alternative to vaping that addresses the behavioral addiction to vaping.

Gavin Hubbard from the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University will present Catch Software. Catch is an app that allows users to see a running feed of everyone at their same location. Whether you are at a concert, bar, club, business conference, stadium, or anywhere else.

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A panel of esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams:

Brandon H. McNaughton, is CEO and co-founder of Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc. Brandon’s goal is simple: to create new and useful technologies that solve real-world problems. This has spanned his efforts in scientific research, venture capital, and in starting two tech companies over the last 10 years.

Jeff Rinvelt is Principal at Renaissance Venture Capital. Jeff’s diverse background in venture capital and technology along with his experience working in various start-up ventures uniquely positions him to advise startups. In addition, Jeff is quite active in the Michigan start-up community, volunteering his time to mentor young entrepreneurs, judge pitch competitions, and guest lecture student classes and organizations.

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At the conclusion of the Pit Pitch, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over ZOOM. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can "virtually" rub elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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