Photo: Clayton Tovo introduces himself for Team Patriot Goalie.
Eleven teams competed in the semi-final round of Baker Business Bowl IX on Thursday, November 3rd. Business ideas ranged from hockey equipment, decoy launchers, delivery drones and more. At the end of the day, only five teams advanced to the finals.
This elevator pitch consisted of five-minute summaries from each team, where they had an opportunity to explain their business idea to a panel of business experts, and then had a ten-minute question-and-answer session from the judges.
Now in its ninth year, the Baker Business Bowl is a program for aspiring entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service and want to turn that idea into a business. This program is open to cadets, evening students, and graduate students.
Now five teams compete in the final round. They include:
Breakingchains/Worthy Living Co.
This company is a personalized life and responsibility coaching service specializing in nutritional support through delivered meal boxes to promote weight loss. They aim to develop this business into more fitness and incentive-focused plans.
The goal of this team is to eliminate food deserts through microgreens, aquaponics, and vertical farm franchising systems. This is accomplished through a partnership with homeowners who use the space in their homes to install these aquaponic systems.
This team wants to develop a solar-powered, self-propelled lawnmower. The team, made up of mechanical engineers, wants to develop a lower-cost version that uses solar-powered batteries and a boundary system.
This company hopes to create handcrafted, high-quality hockey gear specifically for youth goalies. Youth hockey is a growing sport and with kids outgrowing their equipment quickly, this company aims to reduce the cost of goalie equipment replacements by making large pad blade inserts.
The Sideways Performance team aims to improve the performance and efficiency of any vehicle by replacing older engines with fuel-injected LS engines. This will save vehicle owners money by improving older vehicles’ fuel economy and increasing its reliability and performance.
The other teams competing in the second round were: The Infinity Ring by AROS Technologies, Jet Boat Nozzle, What I Got, EM Bait-Caster, Whirlwind Bait Caster and Sigma Drone Corp.
The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business would like to thank the judges:
- Jessica Taylor Goyack
- James Wigfall
- peter wild
- Bobby Hudson
- Patrick Conti
- Gene King
- Stephen Evans
- Joseph Berger
The final round of Baker Business Bowl XI will be a professional business plan presentation to the jury. This includes marketing, pricing and production strategies, financial forecasts and other details. The final round will take place in the next semester, in which the finalists will present their complete business plan to a jury. The winning team will receive $10,000 to boost their business and the runner-up team will receive $5,000.
This event is made possible by the generous donations of the Citadel Class of 1989, Jeff Cobb and Dan D. Nale, PE, ’82. To learn more about this program and the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, click here.