SocEnt Student Pitch
Synapse Challenge

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SocEnt Student Pitch
Synapse Challenge

 

Challenge Overview:

The Social Entrepreneurship Student Pitch Competition, presented at the 2018 Synapse Innovation Summit, was designed to empower any currently enrolled high school, undergraduate, or graduate students to identify a societal problem and propose a business solution.  Students determined the overall root causes of the problem and how a solution would mitigate these issues, built a needs assessment, provided a brief on the product or service that would be offered to resolve the root causes, gave a customer analysis and why they would pay for it, specified the market opportunity and competitive landscape and detailed how the solution would launch in calendar year 2018.  

 

 

 

Prize Money

$10,000

Sponsored by
Metropolitan Ministries & Connectwise

Info Session:

Registration Deadline:

Submissions Due:

Pitch Party:
March 24th, 2018

Questions:
info@synapsefl.com

Challenge Overview:

In March 2018, Metropolitan Ministries, challenged the community to help meet an unanticipated but urgent need to respond to homeless community members requesting assistance via their Facebook page.  

Metropolitan Ministries initially designed their social media presence to engage current and potential donors, and found they were not equipped to manage the overwhelming outreach from those in immediate need, often outside of regular business hours.  

Prize Money

$10,000

Sponsored by
Metropolitan Ministries & Connectwise

Info Session:

Registration Deadline:

Submissions Due:

Pitch Party:
March 24th, 2018

Questions:
info@synapsefl.com

The Solution:

Winner Shesh Vaishnav, a graduate student at the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business, brainstormed a company built around providing a grid-independent street light solution.  Knowing that transportation is one of the largest issues not only in Tampa Bay, but around the world, enabling a better and smarter solution for traffic problems can help to alleviate many issues.  The end product would create jobs, offer security, provide connectivity, and enable faster transportation. TECO Energy is working with Shesh to potentially invest in a pilot using this innovation.