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Flyer Pitch

Seven aspiring entrepreneurs will compete for the $25,000 grand prize in the University of Dayton’s 12th annual Flyer Pitch competition, one of the largest business plan contests at the collegiate level.

The contest, which began with more than 200 teams and included rounds in Vietnam and China, will wrap at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at 444 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton. The event is open to the public.

Finalists, who have 20 minutes to convince the judges their idea has the most potential, are:

  • Chil-Out: a patent-pending stainless cup that chills liquids within minutes
  • KeyBoost, a new keyboard designed to improve efficiency and reduce repetitive stress injuries
  • Edge Cycling Technologies: a patent-pending bicycle seat for long-range cyclists that reduces pressure and improves comfort
  • Dri-Baby: a new material and design for baby bibs that will help reduce rashes and discomfort for infants
  • Leg Abductor: a device designed for patients with cerebral palsy which helps to prevent leg scissoring while maintaining freedom of movement
  • Yago Smart Watch, presented by a finalist from Asia: a patented smartwatch for baby boomers that works as a health monitor and emergency alert system
  • Transparent Garment Fabric Tape, presented by a finalist from Asia: fabric tape targeted to young women who need support and concealment when wearing strapless and spaghetti strap apparel

The grand prize winner also will receive $25,000 in support from The Entrepreneurs Center. Second place wins $15,000 cash; third place $10,000; and fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places $5,000. All teams also receive free legal advice and support from the University of Dayton School of Law’s Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic.

“The finalists in this year’s competition are all fundable business ideas,” said Vincent Lewis, director of the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. “Although they are at different stages of development, they have all proven their products are viable and there are potential markets for their ideas. They are sure to build on the track record of success established by past participants in this contest.”

Since Flyer Pitch began, participants have created more than 30 new ventures and raised more than $15 million in capital. Finalists include Dayton-area businesses Commuter Advertising, Functional Formularies, UDecx, Smart Barn, Neat Seat and Hit Grip. A previous finalist also appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank. The contest awards $100,000 in cash prizes and $150,000 of in-kind support during six events.

This year’s final round will be held in conjunction with Flyer Formation, a student-organized event that exposes undergraduates of all majors to the start-up world and connects them with downtown Dayton. The event includes breakout sessions and keynote speeches on topics such as the entrepreneurial mindset, venture funding, digital marketing and patent protection. It is hosted in the Wright Brothers Institute space in the 444 Building.

Winners of Flyer Pitch will be announced at a banquet Tuesday, March 27, on campus.


News and Communications Staff