Student Entrepreneurs Win Recent Pitch Competitions
UT graduate student Lia Winter, center, and teammates Preston Dishner, right, and Ryan Cunningham show off trophies from the University of Manitoba Stu Clarke Investment Challenge. The team won the top prize at the competition on March 9, 2019.
Graduate student Lia Winter won first place and about $16,000 in prize money last week at an international pitch competition in Manitoba, Canada, for her patent-pending surgical device, EasyWhip.
Winter’s company, Winter Innovations, was one of three student start-ups to win four pitch competitions over the past two weeks, collecting more than $42,500 in prize money to invest in their companies.
“We’re proud to see our student entrepreneurs advancing to this level of competition,” said Lynn Youngs, executive director of the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business. “Their continued engagement in our programs through mentorship and experiential learning opportunities is building sustainable, investable businesses.”