HIGH POINT, North Carolina, April 12, 2021 – High Point University has announced eight finalists for its 11e Annual Business Plan Competition, which is supported by Truist.
The finalists will compete for thousands of dollars in start-up funds by presenting their businesses to a panel of judges made up of business faculty members at 5:30 p.m. on April 14 in the Callicutt Auditorium, located at Congdon Hall on the HPU campus.
“I am delighted to have been selected as a finalist for the business plan competition,” said Erin Morrow, a finalist whose company makes drone kits. “I will have the opportunity to showcase both our progress since receiving support from High Point University and our future aspirations to provide low-income school districts with immersive and hands-on STEM education. “
The annual competition is open to all undergraduate students of the HPU. It includes an application round that narrows the competition, with a record number of finalists selected this year. The judges then review the plans and hear the finalists’ arguments.
“This competition continues to showcase the resilience of our students as they continue to innovate and build cutting-edge businesses,” said Kathy Elliott, director of the Belk Center for Entrepreneurship at HPU. “It’s also exciting to have majors across campus in this year’s competition who will be our future business leaders. One of our past winners, Caitie Gehlhausen, HPU Class of 2020, is now successfully selling her Socket Lock It product to Walmart.
The finalists for the 2021 HPU Business Plan Competition are:
Printing solutions for construction
Name: Thomas O’Hara
Birthplace: Troy, Michigan
Class of 2024
Construction Printing Solutions uses a large-scale 3D printing framework and modular fastening system, which enables the software and hardware ecosystem to build an entire building on its own. The modular framework allows construction companies to create an entire building with one system.
Name: Kyle Wiseman
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina
Major: IT with a concentration in cybersecurity
Graduating class of 2021
Swarm Messaging is a secure messaging application that will be the first to offer metadata protection when communicating online. Metadata can provide valuable personal information when collected and is not protected when a message is encrypted. Swarm Messaging uses proprietary software to hide this metadata and give users control over their data.
Name: Maddie Drobny
Birthplace: Edina, Minnesota
Class of 2023
Lightning House is a mobile app that can be used to find a credible and compatible roommate in a safe and secure way. Lightning House uses visual aids during the survey process to conceptualize personality traits and has developed a one-of-a-kind matching algorithm to suggest a list of candidates. Lightning House also provides an in-app chat room to help keep all conversations secure and centralized.
Name: Vincent Scavo
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Major: Entrepreneurship and minor in communication
Graduated in December 2021
Goliath, The Ultimate Outdoor Chair ™, is a massive and reliable outdoor chair. It is for people who are taller and taller than most people. The chair is for people who want something durable, comfortable, durable, and made for the outdoors.
Name: Cameron Labrecque
Birthplace: Newbury, Massachusetts
Class of 2023
Rememery is a digital scrapbooking mobile / web application that allows users to tell their favorite life stories. Rememery focuses on how users will be remembered once they die. People only remember photos, videos, memories and obituaries. This app will allow users to remember forever by creating their life story, sharing time capsules and passing on their stories.
Name: Ivana Korankyi
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Carolina
This cylindrical and self-contained portable power plant was designed to promote the widespread use of power plants in various fields. One of the goals is to eliminate power cords that run along the floor and provide a safe power supply solution for objects that need or could benefit from power in isolated areas.
Name: Erin Morrow
Birthplace: Windham, New Hampshire
Class of 2024
Finger Flyer is driven by its mission to provide a fun, new and intuitive quadcopter drone experience that helps reduce the learning curve for beginners while providing educational opportunities to learn about modern flight technology. Finger Flyer Hoverboard Drone technology was invented by Jacob Parker, while Erin Morrow leads the development and business operations of the Finger Flyer Drone kits.
The shaving stage
Name: Faith Griffin
Birthplace: Concord, North Carolina
Class of 2023
The Shaving Step is an innovative stepladder designed to make it easier and safer for women to shave in the shower. It has a storage pocket, rubber feet, is portable, and has retractable / extendable feet that are foldable. The shaving step is ideal for women who have rimless showers and have nowhere to support their legs when shaving. Some women try to put their foot on the wall to shave, which is slippery and dangerous. This problem occurs in college dorms, homes, hotels, and gyms.