Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship

Transforming IT ideas into ventures

Laboratory for I.T. Entrepreneurship
Ngyuen Engineering Building

Pitch IT History

Pitch IT 2014

The first Pitch IT Competition was held on May 2, 2014. Eight great teams competed for $1,000 in prize money. The winning teams were:

  • 1st Prize - $500
    E-Mow: Self-Fueled Drone Pellet Harvester, presented by Jason Force
  • 2nd Prize - $300
    Mason 3D LLC, presented by John Hill
  • 3rd Prize - $200
    Positive Deviancy, presented by Jade Garrett

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Pitch IT 2015

PragmaticsThe second Pitch IT Competition was held on April 10, 2015. The 2015 edition was named after our generous corporate sponsor, Pragmatics, a Northern Virginia-based company delivering innovative technology solutions to a large number of government clients. Six great teams competed for $2,000 in prize money. The winning teams were:

  • 1st Prize - $1,000
    JoosLo Charging Hub, presented by Mannan Javid
  • 2nd Prize - $500
    Linesmash, presented by Adarsh Pradeep
  • 3rd Prize - $300
    Multi-Rotor-Calc, presented by Brad McDougall
  • Audience Award - $200
    JoosLo Charging Hub, presented by Mannan Javid

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Pitch IT 2016

The third Pitch IT Competition was held on April 2, 2016. The 2016 edition received a record number of 20 applications, had the largest number of finalists, the highest attendance since its inception, and a larger judging panel than ever before. Ten great teams competed for $2,000 in prize money. The winning teams were:

  • 1st Prize- $1,000
    Cable Shield, presented by Dane Underwood, Isaac Geisler, Kumar Karra, and Felipe Cardenas
  • 2nd Prize - $500
    Biofeedback Active Sensor System (BASS), presented by Maribeth Burns, Andrew Tesnow, Sam Miller, and Amr Attyah
  • 3rd Prize - $300
    PickUp, presented by Jimi Tele, Walter Mitchell, and Edward Murphy
  • Audience Award ($200). Peloton, presented by Kristine Mosuela and Jared Keller

The judging panel of the 2016 edition included:

  • Patrick Vandersluis
    Chief Executive Officer, HealthRx Corporation
  • Carter McClure
    Regional Manager, Mason Enterprise Center-Fairfax
  • Carolyn Klenner
    Intellectual Property & Special Projects Manager, Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University
  • Andre Manitius
    Interim Chair, Department of Information Sciences and Technology, George Mason University
  • David Perkins
    Founder & Partner, Hyperspatial
  • Hadi Rezazad
    Chief Executive Officer, Orchid Technologies & Management

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