10/4: Firestarter Pitch Competition Recap

On October 4, the Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the first Firestarter Pitch Competition of the 2022 – 23 academic year. Firestarters provide an opportunity for all students 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 October Firestarter were Cale Genenbacher (MBA ‘16), CE) & Co-Founder of Loge Co, Woody Klemmer (BA ‘13), Head of Growth at Formotiv, Stryker Warren, Associate Director of Venture Development and the Founder Program + Launch Incubator at The Wond’ry, and Alex Morton, Managing Director at Actual Insights Solutions.

Congratulations to our winner:

Brakefields: Presented by Mary Cayten Brakefield (MMark ’23)

Brakefields is a brand that believes in the importance of fashion and function. Whether due to disability, motherhood, a demanding job, or simply an active lifestyle, everyone needs clothes that equip them for anything the day might ask of them. For some, universal design is a necessity, and for others, it’s a desire. Brakefields designs colorful, vibrant clothing that is inclusive to everyone to equip not restrict.

Thank you to all the students who participated!

Lifeward Presented by Jackson Rusch

Have Points, Will Travel Presneted by Laura McLaughlin

Bemana, LLC presented by  Mareea Beasley

Yovi Presented by Nick Williams

The Zol Card by Justin Koolik