TYLER, Texas (November 21, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced the winners of the third annual Big Idea Pitch Competition, which featured entrepreneurial ideas of UT Tyler students.
Hosted by the university’s East Texas Entrepreneurship Center, this year’s competition featured 15 teams of undergraduate and graduate students from the Soules College of Business and College of Engineering who presented various ideas across three tracks – consumer products and services, health/life science and general.
“The event, tailored for aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators, showcased an array of groundbreaking concepts spanning diverse sectors, from health applications to automated gardening systems,” said Brandon Reynolds, UT Tyler ETEC acting director. “We congratulate all of the winners.”
The 2023 Big Pitch winners are listed by competition track.
Consumer Products and Services
- First: Electrical engineering majors Slade Sills of Gladewater and Ryan Cole of Tyler. • Second: Mechanical engineering major
of Tyler. • Third: Marketing major Nikita Chuev of Russia.
- First: Electrical engineering major Aminu Haruna of Tyler.
- Second: Information technology major Chadwick Migues of Tyler.
- Third: Electrical engineering major Elvis Donmaaye Sangmen of Ghana.
- First: Accounting major Gloria Hernandez of Henderson.
- Second: Electrical engineering majors Maliha
Kabir of Bangladesh and Aryan Anand of India. • Third: Business management major Adrien Joseph Gonzalez of Corpus Christi.
Teams had precisely 60 seconds to present their ideas before a distinguished panel of seasoned entrepreneurs including John Soules Sr., Bill McGaughey and Phil Burks. First- and second-place winners received a cash prize in the amount of $1,000 and $500, respectively.
The event was made possible through UT Tyler’s partnership with Blackstone LaunchPad, which helps students succeed in entrepreneurship while building next-generation companies and careers. ETEC’s next event will be the 2024 Business Model Competition, where new and returning
contestants will present to potential investors to win prize money for idea development and product launch.
The UT Tyler East Texas Entrepreneurship Center works to improve economic development through entrepreneurship and innovation programming. The center’s competitions and programs provide mentoring and potential funding opportunities to ensure that viable new ventures accelerate and scale more quickly. For more information, visit uttyler.edu/entrepreneurship-center.
With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.