The Pike Engineering Entrepreneurship Fellows Program provides funding, support, guidance and mentorship to select early-stage University of Virginia student entrepreneurial projects that are based on developing or commercializing some form of novel technology.
The student teams will compete for the $50,000 Pike Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in this final showcase. Audience members choose the winner of the $10,000 peer’s choice award — so come out and vote for the best team among some of the most advanced student entrepreneurs at UVA.
The event begins at 4 p.m. with refreshments and networking. The program starts at 5 p.m. Each team will have 10 minutes to present to the panel of judges followed by a 10-minute Q&A period.
2018-2019 Pike Fellows teams:
CHIEF, a designer of outdoor gear that emphasizes user experience as well as functionality
MetaCTF, providing cybersecurity training and competitions
MIST, a team of engineers and surgeons working on a treatment for scoliosis
Ocean.Loans, providing software as a service for private real estate lenders and investors
PurPics, a platform that connects brands with student organizations for a cause
UBALL, a new version of basketball meant for beaches and fields
Roster of Judges:
Eric Pike, Chairman and CEO, Pike Corporation
Will Pike (EE ’16), Vice President, Pike Corporation
Clay Dunnagan, Managing Partner, Anchor Capital
John Nisi (SIE ’98), CTO of Data and Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Corporation
Mark Pinho (Comm ’99), Managing Partner, St. Victor Group, LLC
Tom Scully (College ’79), General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
The evening’s events will open with remarks from Pam Norris, executive dean of UVA Engineering and Eric Pike. Prior to the team presentations, judges Scully and Dunnagan will host a discussion, titled “The Journey from Emmet Dorm to the White House, Wall Street and Beyond,” on Scully’s career in politics, law and business, where he has built and invested in numerous healthcare companies. While the judges deliberate to decide the grand prize winner, the audience will cast votes for the peer’s choice award. W. Bernard Carlson, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering and Society, will close the event after the award winners are announced.