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Start Up Montclair 2021 Pitch Competition

Startup Montclair, our annual pitch competition, was held virtually on May 12th. The goal of this contest is to identify the most innovative ideas, with a panel of judges awarding prizes to the most compelling concepts. Any Montclair State student and alum was able to enter the competition.

This year we were SO impressed with the field of competitors and want to extend a huge congratulations to ALL of our participants!

2021 Competition Highlights:

Meet our Judges:

Laate Olukotun, CEO – Lollygig LLC
Ashley Sperbeck, Intellectual Property Attorney – Gearhart Law, LLC
Patricia Sigmon, CEO and Board Advisor –
Peter Markeeo Gillo, Co-Founder & President – DIFFvelopment
Jessica Gonzalez, Founder and CEO – InCharged + VendX + Lux Disinfect

Meet our Winning Teams:

Flourish by Sage: Sienna Grant Mitsak – winner of $8,000 Prize

Charlie’s Home Youth Transition Program, LLC: Judi McGuinness – winner of $5,000 Social Impact Prize

Additional Industry Support:
Our winners also have access to industry support valued at more than $31,000:
– Cloud credits and business tech support from AWS Start-Ups
– Free provisional patent applications, provided by Gearhart LLC
– Website support from Wix
– Social Media Marketing consultation, provided by Red Root Marketing
– Dedicated desk(s) & access to networking and mentorship opportunities provided by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Congratulations again to all of our competitors. We cannot wait to see what’s in store for 2022!

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