MEDIA ADVISORY: University of Missouri students pitch business startups for a chance at winning up to $15,000

March 15, 2023
Contact: Eric Stann, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: Nine teams of University of Missouri (MU) students participating in this year’s Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) competition could soon be one step closer to bringing their business startup dreams to reality. Much like on the television series Shark Tank, each student team will have up to six minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The judges will then select the top three teams as winners, with $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 awarded to their respective ventures. The cash prizes are provided through the generosity of employees at Veterans United Home Loans.

EQ is a program offered by the Griggs Innovators Nexus at MU.

WHO: The student teams include:

  • Blake Brown
    BTB Kicks (sneaker restoration and customization)
  • Joseph Galante III
    Bet-T (an app for sports betters to wager and save money)
  • Noah Strodtman and Ako Hamaamin
    Solutoy (integrated creative solutions with innovative products)
  • Kasey Hammock
    Partner for Better (services to help nonprofits and social-good ventures thrive)
  • Macy Roper
    Taylor Farms Wedding & Event Venue (an outdoor destination for events in southeast Missouri)
  • Hallie Wilt and Mason Schaedel
    Aged Ivy (on-trend sustainable clothing)
  • Jacob Smith
    Cumulus (affordable plastic and metal parts manufacturing)
  • Chetan Vanteddu
    Careline (a standardized method to view and transfer medical records)
  • Kevin Zemon
    Genius Gentlemen Gaming (a team-based strategy game)

WHEN: 3-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 21


Monsanto Auditorium
Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
1201 E Rollins St., Columbia, Missouri, 65211

NOTE: Media who wish to attend should contact Eric Stann at 573-882-3346 or The event may end before 6 p.m. due to length of pitches.

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