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The Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition is held annually to identify and support innovative early stage product or services ideas created by Auburn University and Auburn University- Montgomery students.
Four student teams, StalLock (Chase Maasdorp and Wynn Gamble), Dead Bird (Mitch Owens), KultureXchange (MaKayla Smith) and Vulcan Line Tools (Zac Young), competed for a share of more than $50,000 in startup capital on Friday, March 26, in the Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition Finals. The virtual event, which was aired via Zoom, resulted in a first place award for Vulcan Line Tools. Congratulations and good luck with your startup!
Student workspace is available in the Horton-Hardgrave Hall Innovation Lab (Room 012) and the Tiger Cage Incubator-Accelerator located in the Auburn Research Park, Suite 103, 570 Devall Drive.
The cutoff for Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition Applications is Friday, NOVEMBER 19, 2021. Please register before then if you wish to participate.
Vulcan Line Tools, a company, founded by mechanical engineering major Zac Young, which specializes in the production of devices for use in the electric utility industry.
SmartStall, designed by mechanical engineering major Chase Masdoorp and mechanical engineering grad Wynn Gamble, is a hands-free, restroom stall latch that uses motion sensor technology.
Kulture Xchange, a company, founded by MBA student MaKayla Smith, which works with minority entrepreneurs and Dead Bird, a company, founded by finance major Mitch Owens, which makes duck calls.
In first place was SwiftSku, a platform that brings Big Data to convenience stores, founded by mechanical engineering major Daniel Mazur and mechanical engineering and accounting major Mit Patel. Second place was awarded to BrewMats, a product design of a portable mat for Beer Pong that prevents the cups from being knocked over, created by finance major Everett Conner. And in third was Remora Robotics, a drone that cleans waterways, designed by Zach Wadzinski, Gi Lee, Harrison Smith and Dakota Newsome, from the Ginn College of Engineering.
To learn more about 2020's Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition, check out "Remote Tiger Cage competition won by team that develops Big Data algorithms for retail" in the News.
In first place was FlashTract, a software that expedites the payment process for construction companies, created by civil engineering majors Ben Conry and Ben Chenault. Second place was awarded to Precision Performance Insoles, a device placed within insoles that maps the foot structure for comfort, designed by engineering majors Jordan Coker and Mohamed Badawy. In third was Parasky, a device that produces augmented reality in flight cockpits, designed by engineering management major Dan O’Leary, occupational safety and ergonomics major Fehmi Capanoglu and electric and computer engineering major Baha Yakupoglu.
To learn more about 2019's Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition, check out "Software development team Flashtract wins 2019 Tiger Cage" in the News.
In first place was ESCAPE Therapy, a garment to aid with physical therapy, designed by kinesiology majors Sarah Gascon and Matt Hanks and consumer and design services major Dawn Michaelson. Second place was awarded to Snippety Snap, a public cell phone stand and integrated mobile app that allows users to take photographs in popular locations, developed by public administration and public policy students Olivia Cook and Courtney Haun. In third was Enki Engineering, a spiral engineering calculation notebook, designed by supply chain management major Terran Ray, software engineering major Garrett Raab and marketing major Jackie Litschewski.
To learn more about 2018's Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition, check out "Auburn students win $50,000 in funds and business services toward their electrotherapy garment to aid injury rehabilitation" in the Newsroom.
In first place was BioErgo Solutions, . Second place was awarded to Soleline, a footwear storage and display solution, designed by engineering major Gibson Wang, electrical engineering major Berk Anadur and business administration major Frank Nguyen. And in third place was Honey Do, a peer-to-peer mobile app that enables individuals engaged in custom projects to find help locally and nationally, created by chemical engineering student Michael Minkler and MBA student Vlad Saveljeus.
To learn more about 2017's Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition, check out "Harbert College graduate student among Tiger Cage winners" in the News.
In first place was Envelope Aerospace, a device that would provide more accurate forecasts and dramatically increase the flight times of weather balloons, designed by chemical engineering major Troy Ferguson, engineering systems major Shawn Majzlik and political science major Dennis French. Second place was awarded to EZXS, a backpack that could move around the body for easy access, designed by industrial systems graduate students Siddarth Doogar, Chaitanya Pawar, Rishi Kamat and Akilesh Yamsani. In third was HillVoy Solutions, a software that allows employees to descretely file complaints, developed by information systems management major Bobby Hillman, finance major Zach LaVoy and computer science major Eric Jackson.
To learn more about 2016's Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition, check out "Tiger Cage winners pitch alternative to expensive weather balloons" in the News.
In first place was Parking Grid Technologies, app-based software that alerts commuters to available parking spots on-demand, developed by Jonathan Philip and Alex Wakefield. Second place was awarded to SimplyProse, an editing and writing platform designed by supply chain management major Cole Kinchler, industrial and systems engineering major Sharan Kalva and finance major Jake Wright. In third was LifeLike Projections, a program that customizes retail stores via projection-mapping technology, created by information systems management major Vincent McNeeley.
To learn more about 2015's Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition, check out "Students win Tiger Cage competition by designing app to locate vacant parking spaces" in the Newsroom.
Along with a great idea, all you need is:
A series of workshops, conducted by Auburn faculty, staff, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and other guest speakers, will be offered to assist students in preparing to compete in the event. Students will also have the ability to schedule individual coaching and mentoring sessions.
Tiger Cage competitions are often broken into several rounds to allow judges plenty of opportunity to award the best ideas. Check out the details below for more information.
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Director of Entrepreneurship Strategy