USD Track Winners
$19,000 — GENERATIONS, a web-based platform created by current Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL) students Janaira Quigley and Anna Kenneally, allows stay-at-home parents to build a business and to gain an income by providing caretaking and companionship services to home-bound seniors. This idea received $19,000, the largest share of V2’s $30,000 seed prize money purse for USD teams.
“I’m in shock, but people really like our idea, it’s not just a pipe dream and we’ve put in the work to prove it. The idea for this started years ago, but building out the business model and doing the tangible things happened about a year ago,” said Quigley, who gave the live pitch. “This last year it’s been more than a full-time job with school and being a mother of two.”
She said the total amount will cover what’s needed to launch Generations. “The $19,000 will build out our website and our platform and it will enable us to launch. This is what we needed for it to go.”
$8,000 — PICKET, an innovative update for the lawnmower of today, as it was explained by mechanical engineering students Austin Hirsh and Sydney Reiners, received $8,000. Hirsch said the money his team received will enable them to make a prototype that can be brought back to potential investors for possible additional funding. Picket’s calling card is its oscillating blade design and energy-efficient battery make it more eco-friendly and user-friendly than traditional lawnmowers. Hirsch said he and Reiners will be working on their prototype this summer and that it will serve as their senior design project in the coming year within the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.
$3,000 — KINGERY WORKS, a fine jewelry and lifestyle brand inspired by a culture of motorcycles, surfing and more, earned the pitching student, undergraduate business major Nelson Kingery, $3,000. The money will be used to continue building the hand-crafted jewelry pieces, though feedback given by the angel investors during the program hoped that Kingery Works could look into expanding its customer reach.