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Entrepreneurs Inspire at Final Sandbox Pitch Contest of 2013

 Thanks to everyone who took part in this pitch contest. Full recap and event details are below!

 

On October 3rd, over seventy people attended the Sandbox All Ideas Welcome Pitch Contest at the Lawrence Heritage State Park. Not only were there a diverse range of ideas being pitched, so were the entrepreneurs themselves. Finalists included a young man who left Harvard Medical School to pursue his venture, a physically challenged woman who is trying to create jobs for others with disabilities, and a fourteen year old who has created his own pet finding app.

 

 

The event kicked off with sixteen entrepreneurs showcasing their business and non-profit ideas. Audience members walked around from table to table learning about the most innovative ideas happening around the region, as well as offering their feedback and advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then eight entrepreneur finalists went on stage and gave their two and a half minute pitches in front of our Special Guest Judges. Hector Arce and Brian Mohika (right), nursing students at UMass Lowell, presented Drainage Partner. Their product is a concealed and comfortable reusable undergarment for clinical patients that is used to deposit bodily fluids into a drainage bag. “Recently it’s been hard envisioning where our business was going,” says Brian. “Being a part of the Sandbox Pitch Contest really helped us in this process and gave us the confidence to move forward.”

 

 

Christina Hamilton (left) of Lowell then pitched Delightful Surprise Sweets, a business that sells gourmet fudge made by physically and mentally challenged individuals. She sweetened the taste buds of our judges by passing out samples, and touched the hearts of audience members through her story. “There are a lot of people out there in the Merrimack Valley who are disabled and can’t find work,” said Christina. “I was one of them and now want to help these people get into the workforce.” Probably the most emotional part of the night was from Mickey Cockrell. She pitched Catie’s Closet, a non-profit that provides clothing and basic necessities to homeless and underprivileged students to help them stay in school. Towards the end of her pitch, she talked about Catie, the inspiration for the organization. Catie was a student at Lowell High School who passed away in 2010. As Mickey described, Catie always donated what she had to the less fortunate. With tears in her eyes, Mickey ended by saying that “we are committed to making sure we can open doors and provide a brighter future.”

 

 

The last finalist on stage was Sahil Belgaonkar, a fourteen year old entrepreneur from Lexington. Sahil created Chum, an app that helps users find pets in any shelter in the U.S. During his pitch he did not miss a beat and wooed the audience with his confidence. At the end, he received a loud ovation.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came out for our last pitch contest of the year. We have many more exciting ones to come in 2014. Here is a list of last night’s winners:

First Place ($1000) & Fan Favorite ($500)

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Brian Mohika & Hector Arce - Drainage Partner
Reusable undergarment that deposits bodily fluids into a drainage bag usually given to patients in a clinical setting. The product restores privacy and dignity, and increases mobility of a patient by concealing the leg drainage bag during treatment and recovery

Second Place ($750)

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Mickey Cockrell, Denise Trombly, Laura Bisson, Lynne Baril - Catie’s Closet
Provides clothing and fundamental necessities to homeless and underprivileged students to help them focus on school

Third Place ($500)

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Orlando Torres - The Best Part of Planet Earth
Grows fresh and healthy food in school gardens and delivers to urban communities

 

 

Sahil Belgaonkar
Chum
An app that allows pet lovers to find their perfect pet from any shelter in the U.S.

 

 

 

Mickey Cockrell
Catie’s Closet
Provides clothing and fundamental necessities to homeless and underprivileged students to help them focus on school

 

 

 

Christina Hamilton
Delightful Surprise Sweets
Gourmet fudge and sweets made by physically and mentally disabled individuals

 

 

 

Patrick Houwer & Joshua Goldberg
BeeInPlay
Website that allows you to view availabilities and book sports fields, courts, rinks, classes, and activities in real-time

 

 

Brian O. Mohika & Hector Arce
Drainage Partner
Reusable undergarment that deposits bodily fluids into a drainage bag usually given to patients in a clinical setting. The product restores privacy and dignity, and increases mobility of a patient by concealing the leg drainage bag during treatment and recovery.

 

 

 

Alexander Ryu
Lifeguard Games
Virtual pet apps to help kids manage health conditions such as asthma and food allergies

 

 

 

 

Orlando Torres
The Best Part of Planet Earth
Grows fresh and healthy food in school gardens and delivers to urban communities

 

 

 

Anne Estabrook
Managing Director, Golden Seeds LLC

 

 

 

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Deb Gurry
Founder & Owner, Clock Tower Cafe & Union Street Grill (Lawrence)

 

 

 

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Leslie Rivera
Founder, Little Leaders & 2013 Sandbox Summer Accelerator Winner

 

 

 

 

Chris Scott
Enterprise Editor, Lowell Sun News

 

 

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