Stories about "Bobcat Ventures"
Bobcat Ventures pitch competition awards $15,000 in prizes to three student entrepreneurs

Friday, May 17, 2024 11:38 am

Do you need to reduce stress by organizing your time? Or perhaps you’re craving a non-alcoholic drink? Or you're keen on supporting college aspirations? If so, this year’s student winners of the Bobcat Ventures pitch competition have you covered.

Bates students present their innovation businesses at the Annual Bobcat Ventures Pitch Competition, held in Keck Classroom of Pettengill Hall with a reception in Commons. These 10 students worked extremely hard to deliver strong business pitches in this year's competition and the bar has been raised again by yet. The panel of alumni judges included Emma Sprague '10, Ben Schippers '04, and Pranav Ghai '93 with expert knowledge in an array of fields. This year's winners include: 1st: Jacob Iwowo for "Up Next Academy" and Abby Segal for "Magic by Abby Segal" will recieve $4,000 each 2nd: Grace Biddle for "Nesca$h" and Richie Nuzum with Gus McAllister for "Crave Swipe" will recieve $1,000 each Here are all the names of this year's list of students who participated: David Ingram, Indexify Jacob Iwowo, Up Next Academy Grace Biddle, Nesca$h Vova Sosnovskii, Maine Boost Abby Segal, Magic by Abby Segal Julia Newell, Hear You Know Me Richie Nuzum & Gus McAllister, Crave Swipe Bobby Dall & Ciaran Bardong '22, Dose
Soccer and magic: Announcing the $12,000 winning pitches at the 2023 Bobcat Ventures competition

Friday, April 14, 2023 10:52 am

Abby Segal '23 and Jacob Iwowo '23 won first-place prizes for startups that focus on access and community, in two very different realms: magic and soccer.

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Cryptocurrency banking pitch wins 2022 Bobcat Ventures competition

Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:25 am

The $10,000 first prize in the 2022 Bates College student pitch competition was won by a cryptocurrency banking startup that seeks to usher in a new, "borderless world that accepts all forms of payment."

Friend-to-friend lending app wins $10,000 Bobcat Ventures pitch competition

Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:39 am

Biruk Chafamo '22 has created a web application that brings an ancient, community-based lending tradition into the 21st century.

A panel of Bates alumni discuss entrepreneurship: from building their own businesses, supporting their communities, and more!They will share stories of entrepreneurship, managing failure and adversity, and offer advice on how to develop these skills so vital to making a difference in any setting or industry. This event also kicks off Bobcat Ventures, Bates’ entrepreneurship program that provides students with skills, training, and mentorship culminating in a pitch competition. Students of all majors, years, and interests are invited to participate!Introducing the panel is Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean, Center for Purposeful WorkPanel from left:Moderator, Chris Barbin '93, Bates Trustee and Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Partner at GGV Capital ;Mbali Ndlovu '12, Founder of LukafitMichelle Pham '15, Account Manager at Google Julia Sleeper '08 Founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth
Advice from Bates entrepreneurs: Find a need, talk to customers, and get a return

Friday, November 8, 2019 8:59 am

A Google account manager, a founder of an activewear brand for women of color, and a founder of a Lewiston youth center — all Bates alumnae — share their stories.

‘Airbnb for storage’ idea takes $10,000 top prize in Bobcat Ventures competition

Thursday, March 28, 2019 3:42 pm

George DeLana ’19, the cofounder of a marketplace for renting summer storage space, says the secret to success is pitching, pitching, pitching.

Retail space business wins $9K in student pitch competition

Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:22 am

Ben Nussbaum '19 impressed the alumni judges with his idea's clarity, focus, and viability.

Student’s social-enterprise pitch wins $9K Bobcat Ventures competition

Friday, April 7, 2017 10:28 am

The pitch grew from a summer job: helping a Lewiston nonprofit make some money growing and selling products made from medicinal herbs and flowers.

Bates in the News: April 8, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016 1:45 pm

A Bates professor says public schools have a mass-incarceration mindset, plus Bates admission in TIME magazine and Bates mailboxes in The Boston Globe.

With at least $5,000 in the offing, student entrepreneurs pitch business ideas

Friday, April 3, 2015 11:55 am

Bobcat Ventures, a Bates College student organization dedicated to entrepreneurship, is sponsoring a business idea competition on April 4.