Startups from Purdue, Notre Dame to compete in business plan competition, receive $30,000 in awards

November 13 2018


Startups from Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame can get a boost through a pitch competition sponsored by venture capital firm BlueSky Capital where a total of $30,000 in awards will be given, including $15,000 for the top prize.

The competition involving four startups from each university will be held 6:15 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 15) in the Purdue Railyard coworking space managed by the Purdue Research Foundation. The coworking space is located in the Kurz Purdue Technology Center, 1281 Win Hentschel Blvd. in West Lafayette. The event is open to the public.

BlueSky Capital partners with collaborators to contribute to the development communities and economies both locally and globally. The Purdue startups competing are: The teams will present their pitches to a panel of three judges. The judges will be Madison Hammon, the managing director at BlueSky Capital; Garret Goldberg, a partner at pre-seed venture capital firm Bee Partners; and Sunil Nagaraj, manager partner at Ubiquity Ventures.

  • Heliponix LLC, which makes a kitchen appliance that grows garden vegetables year-round.
  • Perceive Inc., which helps high-end retail stores improve customer service through automated coaching of sales associates.
  • RightFit, an intelligent software system that enables health care facilities to deliver the best qualiity of care, while controlling costs.
  • Willeder, which has developed an advanced analytical tool that helps businesses find better-qualified candidates.

The competition is being conducted in partnership with the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

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