Tuesday January 10, 2017
Flyer Pitch Finalists
A team from China with a business idea that would help solve urban parking challenges won the remaining spot in the final round of the University of Dayton Flyer Pitch competition.
Members of the Parking Spaces Finder team will receive free travel to Dayton to compete for the $25,000 grand prize to help launch their business. The final round will begin at 10 a.m. March 25 in the University of Dayton McGinnis Center. The public is invited to watch. Read about the other five finalist teams here.
Parking Spaces Finder advanced from a field of 12 teams from China and Vietnam in the competition’s inaugural semifinal round for Asia, held Sunday at the University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou.
The business idea, pitched by Yike Li, Xincheng Qiu and Xiaowu Zhan from China Jiliang University, would allow private owners of parking spaces in crowded urban areas to rent those spots during the day through an online application similar to Uber or Airbnb.
Parking Spaces Finder won $1,000 in Sunday’s round. Additional $1,000 prizes were awarded to:
- Second place, Beibeibang, an online tutoring and educational service to connect parents with tutors for primary and secondary school children in China.
- Third place, Apollo Robot, a teaching tool with a controller to help young children learn about robotics and robotic applications.
- Fourth place, City Quest, a new platform for tourism, combining gamification with traditional city tours.
- Fifth place, Moment for Exchange, an online platform targeted at individual college campuses to bring together buyers and sellers of used electronics in a consumer-to-consumer environment.
A group of University of Dayton students who attended the event as part of their “Doing Business in China” course gave a Student Choice Award to SoCool, an online healthy lifestyle application for older Chinese citizens.
With the final round, the Flyer Pitch competition awards $150,000 in cash prizes and $150,000 of in-kind support during six events spread over three rounds in Dayton, China and Vietnam. The competition is among the largest at the collegiate level.
The grand prize winner will be announced March 28 at the University’s entrepreneurship banquet.
For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at 937-229-3256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.