This weekend, a team of two UCF students’ venture was recognized at the REEF (Roundtable of Entrepreneurship Educators of Florida) Governor’s Cup Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition at the University of Tampa.

The Governor’s Cup competition, a two-­day event, gave students from the opportunity to present their product and pitch to a group of judges. The top three were selected to give a 7­-minute pitch followed by 3­-minute Q&A on Saturday. From the five schools that attended the event including University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Tampa as well as UCF, Ariel Maroniene and Brandon Shaneyfelt’s company, Unitty Backpacks, took home “Most Investable Venture” and a $1000 prize.

Ariel and Brandon started Unitty Backpacks about two years ago trying to solve a problem that many college students face when using one of the more common modes of transportation on campus, skateboards. Unitty Backpacks utilized UCF’s Blackstone Launchpad to jumpstart their venture and Ariel now serves as a Student Fellow at the Launchpad advising students on their business ideas. You can learn more about Unitty Backpacks on their website.

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