The three start-up businesses are Coaster, a mobile service; Androgyny, an online apparel retailer; and Matchpoint GPS, an anti-theft service for vehicles.

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The three winners of Babson San Francisco’s first annual “Rocket Pitch” held October 1 are, in order:

  1. Coaster, Inderpal Singh and Kevin Callaghan, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; Coaster is a mobile service that allows patrons to order/buy drinks without fighting the crowds
  2. Androgyny, Melissa Millan, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; Androgyny is a revolutionary online apparel retailer, focused on serving an underserved demographic of queer women who seek an androgynous look
  3. Matchpoint GPS, Amar Amin & Carey Fan, Babson College; Matchpoint is an anti-theft and vehicle recovery service for the Indian passenger vehicle market

15 MBA student businesses from the top business schools in Bay Area competed for more than $18,000 in cash and in-kind sponsorship representing Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business; University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business; University of San Francisco; Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA; Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business.

This first inter-university Rocket Pitch competition at Babson West was organized and run by a team of Babson San Francisco Fast Track students led by Alok Dube M’12, with support from the Blank Center and SF Fast Track. The competition was open to current MBA students and recent MBA graduates. Each team had 3 minutes and 3 slides to deliver the critical differentiating elements of their business idea. The judges then had 5 minutes for Q&A.
Raghu Tadepalli, Dean, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson, and Peter Wilson, Executive Director, Babson College Graduate Blended learning Programs co-hosted the annual event.
Judging the competition were investors and experienced members of the business &technology community:
  • Saeed Amidi, CEO, Plug and Play Tech Center
  • Chris Gill, President & CEO of SVASE
  • Anna Dvornikova, Angel Investor, Managing Director, The Entrepreneur’s Club Global
  • Dan Rosen, Principal at Highland Capital Partners
  • Wayne Chang, Engineering Manager, Facebook
  • Arun Palakurthy, Investment Analyst, Dodge and Cox
  • Hadi Taheri, Plug and Play Tech Center
For more information, visit http://www.babsonwestrp.com/.
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By Nancy Sullivan, 781-239-4623 | 10/07/2011 07:00