1/31: Firestarter Pitch Competition Recap

On January 31, the Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the fourth Firestarter Pitch Competition of the 2022 – 23 academic year. Firestarters provide an opportunity for all students, faculty, and staff at Vanderbilt to pitch their business concepts to a panel of judges and receive feedback. The winner receives a $500 prize to put toward furthering their business concept.

Judges for the January Firestarter:

Peter Rousos                                                                                                                                                                                        Director of Economic and New Venture Development, Vanderbilt University

Sam Graber                                                                                                                                                                 Entrepreneur & award-winning Podcaster

Woody Klemmer                                                                                                                                                                      Head of Growth, Formativ

Ethan Fedida                                                                                                                                                                              Co-Founder, Campfire Group

Stryker Warren                                                                                                                                                                  Associate Director of Venture Development, The Wond’ry Founder Program & Launch Incubator 

Jeremy Padawer                                                                                                                                                                     Chief Brand Officer, Jazwares

Congratulations to our winner:


Presented by Ellie Zimmerman (BA ’25)

Interns 4-Good is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to connect high school students with virtual, skill-based internship opportunities at nonprofit organizations that allow them to develop their professional skills while also giving back to worthy causes.


Thank you to all the students who participated!

Zol Presented by Justin Hoolik (BA ’25)

Zol is an app that offers consumers a bundle of one-time-use discounts from top local bars and restaurants.

Homebody Presented by Olivia Stone (MMark ‘23)

Homebody is a luxury furniture rental service to provide renters high-end furnishing at a fraction of the price.

HealthNav Presented by Lauren Hatcher (MD/MBA ’24)

HealthNav simplifies the health screening process, gathers patient information and analyzes medical history to provide medical screening recommendations.

Yovi Presented by Nicholas M Williams (EdD ’22)

Yovi is mobile app that provides users with the current “vibes” of social venues & events and connects users with others who share the same or similar social outing preferences.

GameDay Presented by Dante Delgado (BS ’25)

GameDay is a subscription-based sports betting app that allows users to bet on games without burning the hole in their pocket.