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Horn Entrepreneurship’s Summer Founders Demo Day goes virtual

Interested in checking out some up-and-coming Delaware startups? Demo Day is on Zoom this year — and you can attend for free.

Mettā Creative pitches at Summer Founders Demo Day in 2018. (Photo by Holly Quinn)

Summer Founders Demo Day is a big deal for the Horn Entrepreneurship summer pre-accelerator program. After a 12 weeks of cultivating their early-stage startup ideas — this year, all online — members of the cohort present their product to peers, educators and guests from the community.

This year, Demo Day will happen online on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m., and interested members of the community can attend to check out the presentations for free.

There are 20 startups in the 2020 cohort — twice as many as usual. All will be introduced during the event, and selected startups will give full presentations. Following the presentations, there will be an award ceremony, including an Audience Favorite award. There will also be three rounds of of breakout sessions where you will be matched with teams based on your answers to a short questionnaire when you register.

Here’s a sneak peek of the 16 participating startups, their founders and their missions:

  • Alchemize Fightwear — Maya Nazareth (women’s mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu jitsu gear and apparel)
  • A.I. Whoo LLC — Matthew Saponaro (AI solutions for businesses)
  • Backyard Gig — Suryanuj Gupta and Shahroze Ali (gig marketplace)
  • Blue Tusk — John-Carlos Saponara and Michael Galgano (proactive data analytics for manufacturing)
  • Denney’s Delights — Tony Denney (vegan candy)
  • Diginuiti — Tom Rodger (marketing services for a Gen Z audience)
  • Female Food Foundry — Izzy Weinfield and Lily Wolfe (community for female founders with consumer packaged food and beverage products)
  • Flourina — Brianna Bannach, Amanda Monachelli and Michel Yoo (An everyday bra)
  • Nuvensus — Mason Faust, Markos Zerefos and Henry du Pont (data-driven real estate investment firm using proprietary data interpretation)
  • PrintAble — Richard Hayburn and Amanda Zicherman (assistive 3D printing technology)
  • Ultimate Tournament — Dan Goodman and Alex Pickett (esports betting platform)
  • EQuip — April Singleton, Isabella Hughes, Erin Hogan and Mimi Diani (mental health and emotional intelligence education for K-12 schools)
  • Imperium — Susan Varhese and Lauren Burkett (follow-up care and resources for people with heart-related conditions)
  • Oh-So Cycle — Blake Armentano (indoor cycling studio)
  • Sustain Surf — Kiel McMenaman and Tate Nelson (sustainable manufacturing and distribution of surfboards)
  • UP Cycle — Sierra RyanWallick and Michelle Yatvitskiy (patches made from post-consumer waste to raise money and awareness for charities)

Spots are limited. Register here.

Companies: University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship / University of Delaware

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