Sponsors for Joust 2021: BURR FORMAN LLP, three two one, BDO, Blezoo, nperspective, and IOA.

Dean’s Welcome

Break out your lances, Knights, it’s time to Joust! In ancient times, the joust was a competition filled with pageantry. A competition that set apart the best trained and most accomplished knights from the rest of the realm. Our Joust is no different.

The Joust is open to any student at UCF. It is faciliated by our faculty and judged by highly successful business professionals. It takes courage to enter, research to prepare and swagger to win. Comfort zones are exceeded. Vision is married with data. Egos are risked. Failure is almost certain. Only one team walks away with the top prize.

This is the first time we’re hosting the Joust in a virtual setting, but that hasn’t stopped our student entrepreneurs from delivering some of the most impressive venture proposals we’ve seen in the competition. Even on Zoom, the interaction and advice our competitors receive from judges, faculty and staff are priceless. The Joust experience differentiates the contestants from the less adventurous UCF student. As everyone knows, a good scar makes for a great story.

Thank you Lou Lentine ’93, CEO at Echelon Fitness Multimedia, for your continued support of the Joust! Your support, along with the generosity of our in-kind sponsors, provides much-needed resources for our students. Thank you Echelon for ensuring the Joust remains one of our signature events in the College of Business and across the University.

Go Knights! Charge On!

Paul Jarley, Ph.D.

Dean

Sponsors for Joust 2021: BURR FORMAN LLP, three two one, BDO, Blezoo, nperspective, and IOA.

The Agenda

 Contestants and Judges Check-in

Contestant and Judge check-in will begin at 3:30 p.m.

 Introduction and Welcoming

Initial event welcome and introductions will proceed at 4 p.m.

 Presentations

Joust presentations will begin no later than 4:10 p.m. and will last until approximately 5:30 p.m.

 Final Review and Judging

Final review and deliberation will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until 5:45 p.m.

Winners Announced

Winners will be announced around 5:50 p.m.

Judging Criteria

Proposed Product/Service and Market Opportunity (25%)
  • Is the value proposition sound?
  • Is the product/service original, innovative, and thoughtful?
  • Is the value proposition articulated clearly?
  • Do they clearly identify their target market(s)?
  • Are their target markets large enough to support the growth?
  • Do they have a competitive advantage over existing solutions?
  • Do they have intellectual property?
Teams and Execution Plan (25%)
  • Is the business operationally feasible?
  • Do they outline measurable and achievable milestones?
  • Do the founding team members have the expertise to launch and/or grow the business?
  • Do they have plans to address gaps in their expertise/experience?
  • Do they properly address risks and provide contingency plans?
Financial Revenue Model and Financial Projections (25%)
  • Is the revenue model logical and comprehensive?
  • Are the financial projections comprehensive and realistic?
  • Do the financial projections reflect an understanding of the economics and potential growth opportunities and/or downside risks for the business?
Impact (25%)
  • Does this venture have the ability to make a large impact on society?
  • Will this venture help create jobs and promote regional economic development?

Finalists

Connecthedocks

Connecthedocks is a multi-sided, online platform designed to serve as the AirBNB of dock rentals. By targeting both dock and boat owners, Connecthedocks plans to alleviate the hassle of trailering and provide income streams to waterfront owners.

Leaklock

The Leaklock is a small gadget that prevents pump-type bottles from spilling while in storage. The gadget’s square design secures around the shaft of a pump bottle to block the escape of liquids and prevent product waste. Leaklock also aims to market the product as a child-proofing mechanism.

Soarce

Soarce provides leading clothing brands with innovative tactics to offer high performance clothing that is environmentally friendly. The company aims to derive high-quality textiles from plant waste.

Wallagio

Wallagio provides high-impact, removable interior wall decorations that save space, are easily installed and can be safely removed. Wallagio plans to target apartment renters, college dorms, homeowners and small businesses with décor that makes a bold statement, adapts to changing preferences and is cost effective.

Semi-Finalists

Chirp

Chirp is an app that will give students the opportunity to connect with other alumni. It can be a struggle to take the first step in initiating a relationship, therefore, Chirp wants to facilitate communication, build assurance and be the bridge to human interaction.

GigScore

GigScore is a fintech app for nontraditional workers so that they can provide proof of income even if they lack the traditional paystub and increase access to housing and credit. It also provides lenders a reliable way to estimate future potential to repay them allowing for more potential customers.

Plants & Co.

Plants & Co. is the local urban farm in Central Florida. We specialize in indoor vertical farming with focus in minimizing space and water waste, and maximizing fresh produce growth. We want to show that any fresh, organic vegetable and any herb can be grown in the US.

Cork Fork

The production of cork utensils to replace outdated plastic silverware while boosting the cork industry and proposing a new form of recycling for cork. We are targeting progressive universities as well as aesthetic restaurants, hotels, and entertainment industries with sustainability initiatives.

Late Knight Sweets

Late Knight Sweets started after we were laid off and struggled to pay rent. Late Knight Sweets is a delivery service that focuses on delivering baked goods to a quickly growing local market around UCF. With the end goal of opening a physical shop and creating a scalable system for around the state.

SAEMS Device

For people who care about the safety of their home, selves, and loved ones, our comprehensive smart home solution gathers real-time air quality and environmental data to empower the home. Our product offers you peace of mind without ever sacrificing privacy or safety.

First Bites

Excite your taste buds on First Bites. Discover local restaurants by scrolling through videos of foodies in your community experiencing their first bites.

LendAHand

Our venture seeks to promote motor recovery and increase the quality of life of stroke patients. Our project aims to develop a soft robotic hand rehabilitation device that conforms to the patient’s hand, and features a feedback control system detecting and augmenting the patient’s hand motion.

Tutor U

Is your student falling behind during distance learning? In 1-on-1 Zoom tutoring sessions with a tutor from my team of teachers, college students, & grads, your student’s confidence in learning will be reinvigorated! Reinventing conventional education.

Florida Roundnet

Florida Roundnet organizes roundnet events that allow players to compete in the sport of roundnet (Spikeball) as well as build community & form relationships that will last a lifetime. This is accomplished through creating high quality, professional athletic events that are welcoming and inclusive.

Lexus Hale Cosmetics

Lexus Hale Cosmetics (LHC) is a limited liability company located in Orlando FL. I am the founder and CEO of the company working on my own as a cosmetic brand that produces affordable cosmetic products that are 100% vegan, 100% sustainably packaged, and completely cruelty free for women of color.

Watch Your Language

Watch Your Language (WYL) provides an innovative way to learn a language using visual mnemonics. Users view narrated scenes symbolizing vocabulary words. Current programs force users to leap from their known language to a desired language, failing to meet users at their level. WYL engagingly bridges that gap.

Finals Judges

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes ’95

Chief Marketing Officer

Voloridge Investment Management

Laurette Koellner

Laurette T. Koellner ’77

Corporate Board Member, Business Executive

Boeing International

Lou Lentine

Lou Lentine ’93

CEO

Echelon Fitness Multimedia LLC

Inez Long

Inez Long ’98

President and CEO

BBIF
 

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

President and CEO

Addition Financial
 

Semi-Finals Judges

Jim Balaschak

Jim Balaschak

Principal

Denaja Ventures, LLC

Matt Bonin

Matt Bonin

Managing Partner

Alto New York

Dean Caravelis

Dean Caravelis

CEO and Founder

Blezoo

Ward Curtis

Ward Curtis

Chairman

Sabal Trust Company

Glenn Dial

Glenn Dial

Vice President

American Century

Laudy Florentino

Laudy Florentino

Sr. Customer Solutions Mgr.

T-Mobile

Jason Hendren

Jason Hendren

President

Hendren Business Advisors

Terry McNew

Terry McNew

CEO

Klaussner Furniture

Harry Morehead

Harry Morehead

Executive Vice President

Thrifty Rents, Inc.

Angelo Ramsbott

Angelo Ramsbott

President

EchelonFit

Thomas Rudy

Thomas Rudy

CEO

WhiteRock

John Santo

John Santo

Co-Founder and CPO

Echelon Fitness Multimedia LLC

Bob Starr

Bob Starr

Co-Founder

AutoCount

Stephanie Suggs

Stephanie Suggs

CFO

Wilbur-Ellis AgriBusiness

Frank Vertolli

Frank Vertolli

Co-Founder

Net Conversion

Cassandra Willard

Cassandra Willard, Esq.

President

NAWBO – Orlando

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