Colorado is home to some pretty innovative startups, forward thinkers, and impressive entrepreneurs. You can add inventive college students to that list because this past weekend, StarterNoise had the pleasure of attending the DisCOver Challenge. And let’s just say that we were thoroughly impressed with the amazing talent spewing from Colorado universities.
The DisCOver Challenge is a 4 weeklong student competition that encourages undergrad and grad students to solve a real-world problem. As students learned throughout the competition, they were competing to reinvent future financial planning approaches for Fidelity Labs. Hosted at the University of Denver and sponsored by Colorado State University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and the University of Denver’s Project Xite, the Challenge brought out some amazing talent.
StarterNoise’s Co-Founder, Sarah Koebel, and Editor-in-Chief, Kiki Koebel, had an awesome time watching the final pitches and award show. These teams were on fire with creating new apps, gaming devices, and healthcare plans. So what was at stake? Well from the 12 teams that joined the competition, 5 finalist teams were able to pitch to a highly esteemed group of judges. And the best part? First place winners took home $10,000, second place took $7,500, and third place took $2,500. That’s some serious cash for young entrepreneurs pushing through college and grad school.
Everyone at the StarterNoise wants to give a big shout out to all of the amazing teams—your work was crazy inventive and we are so excited to see what other amazing startups you launch in the future.
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