New Venture Competition

New Venture Competition
See Innovation in Action!

16 new student ventures will compete for $40,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Venture Competition on April 17. Visit the event page.

2020 Teams

Aura: Aura provides healthy alternatives to existing sports drinks by creating beverages with sustained energy and clinically proven endurance benefits empowering everyone to Go for Gold.
Cultura: We are an online platform that combines travel planning and content creation to share experiences and inspire a global community to connect through adventure. 
Hush: We are a centralized messaging platform that controls the noise in your life.
Kapara: Provides consumers with the ability to inventory, archive their current cosmetic inventory, while immersing our cosmetic lovers in an environment solely focused on cosmetics, beauty and you.
Paradise: Our company utilizes modern green light technology to mitigate migraines and headaches using an optical mask that is comfortable and effective. 
Hydro-Band: Hydro-Band provides individuals with wearable sensing technology and state-of-the-art analytics to track hydration levels, equipping users with enhanced health and safety monitoring capabilities. 
LoveLadies: Loveladies is a quarterly subscription box that provides a sustainable solution for feminine care with organic tampons, pads and comfort items shipped in reusable packaging.
PLEY: PLEY is a swipe-based app that matches hungry people with places to eat considering the user's feelings in a fun, fast and easy way. 
(Re)ceipto: (Re)ceipto provides an efficient, eco-friendly and budget-conscious solution for small businesses that must expense often by digitizing receipt management from payment to reimbursement. 
PULSE Fitness: The reward app for fitness, PULSE fitness incentivizes people to exercise by awarding them with shopping points to spend at local businesses. 
Sentry: Sentry car security is equipped with many features to ensure vehicle safety and enable a simple approach to deter theft through self-monitored surveillance. 
Syzygy: Just as syzygy is the alignment of three celestial bodies, we align you with the community and environment through locally sourced fresh food. 
Cap & Gown: We're a non-profit online platform that connects students who need funding for college with individual sponsors who want to donate directly to students in need. 
TalkToo: TalkToo minimizes the time wasted on clerical and administrative tasks by transcribing spoken words into text to generate reports and visualize data. 
Stride: Providing a safe, efficient and affordable option for college students seeking an alternative rideshare experience. 
You&U: You&U creates a navigation interface with augmented reality that connects individuals to surrounding resources and information. Individuals can use this tool to assimilate into new environments. 

 2020 Judges

  • Joann MacMaster — CEO of Desert Angels, one of the country’s leading angel investor groups. MacMaster served as the sr. director of venture development for the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona team, focused on the commercialization of university research through the development of startup companies. She’s served as a startup founder, mentor, investor and educator, and is a recipient of the Larry Hecker and Sherry Hoskinson Lasting Community Builder Award. She is an AUTM board member and University of Arizona Academic Leadership Institute Fellow, and previously served as president of the Arizona Business Incubation Association. She returned home to Tucson in 2000 after living and working in Europe for over a decade and holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Scotland.

  • Tawn Albright — Tawn Albright has over twenty-five years of experience managing growth, M&A and new venture opportunities for companies such as Ticketmaster, Leaf Group, IAC, The Coca-Cola Company and Cox Communications. Albright currently is as an executive coach and advisor for leaders that are managing growth, change and M&A transition. Prior to launching his coaching and advisory business, he was Executive Vice President, General Manager and Head of Middle Market for Live Nation’s Ticketmaster where he operated two portfolio companies; TicketWeb and Universe. Albright lives between Sedona, Arizona and Nashville, Tennessee with his French wife Christele and two children Owen and Alix. He’s a graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship and earned his MBA from Thunderbird.  He’s trilingual (English, Spanish, French) and enjoys back packing, ultimate frisbee, fishing, playing guitar, gardening and reading the Wall Street Journal.


Grand Prize ($10,000): PLEY

Second Place ($5,000): Aura

Third Place ($2,500): Sentry

Check out the video below for highlights from the 2017 New Venture Competition. 

Past New Venture Competitions