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Tiger Tank

RIT's Tiger Tank, hosted by the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Saunders College of Business, gives students the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a bunch of judges (aka, tiger sharks) to win cash prizes. Twice annually, the Tiger Tank competition challenges entrepreneurs to formulate an early-stage business concept and submit a proposal that seeks to solve a problem or gap in the marketplace. Submissions are open to the general public and evaluated based upon their uniqueness, feasibility and the ability to impact people. Five teams are selected to compete in the Tiger Tank competition for the chance to win.

Fall 2016

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In Fall 2016, the competition included a semi-final round. 23 teams from 50 applications were selected for the semi-final round for 90-second elevator pitches. Out of the semi-finalists, only five teams were selected to move to the final round of Tiger Tank. Congratulations to the winners of the Fall 2016 Tiger Tank Competition!

  1. FriendlyU by Henry Saniuk and Darrin Loelinger
  2. HiBeams by Leondro McHenry and James Kemper
  3. FreshLock by Alana Bichutsky
  4. GAIA by Brent Chase
  5. Shift by Lauren Samar, Camile Johnson, Cammie Johanning, Casey Birch, Matthew Perrello and Doug Smith

Visit the Simone Center for more event details. 

Spring 2016

More than 60 proposals were submitted to the Spring 2016 RIT Tiger Tank competition. Each team was hoping to be selected for the opportunity to present their business pitch live to a panel of Rochester-area entrepreneurs and investors for the chance to win a $2000 cash prize. Five teams took the stage to pitch their ideas and answer questions posed by the judging panel. 

Congratulations to AWARE, a team developing a fatigue detection and alert system designed to combat drowsy driving. The AWARE system uses video-based monitoring of a user's head position, eye movement and blink rate to detect physiological signs of fatigue. Team AWARE included mechanical engineering students Teryn Rynone and Claiborne Grosshans; electrical engineering students Zach Moxley and Emmanuel Dodoo; and Amanda Murray, a biomedical engineering student. They hope to combat nearly 100K crashes caused annually by drowsy drivers on the US roads.

The first runner-up was team Band Toy consisting of industrial design students Mariana Pinheiro, Andrew Magee, and lara Goulart. Their product was a unique toy designed for kids with developmental disabilities to stimulate senses through the use of textures, sounds, vibrations and light patterns.

Congratulations to the five finalist teams:

  1. Aware by Zachary Moxley, Emmanuel Dodoo, Amanda Murray, Teryn Rynone, and Clairborne Grosshans
  2. Band Toy by Mariana Pinheiro, Andrew Magee and Lara Goulart
  3. Chemistry for a Cause by Ryan Le Toureau and Jacky Lim
  4. Intelli-Thread by Jack DeYaeger
  5. WoW Energy Systems by Dmitry Liapitch

Visit the Simone Center for more event details. 

RIT Tiger Tank

Fall 2015

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A RIT Entrepreneurs Conference, five teams took to the stage to present their business ideas to a panel of judges. One team, ShoRag, whose concept involved an intuitive interface that allows users to to purchase specialty clothing and merchandise seen in their favorite shows and movies, walked away with the grand prize check and a full graduate degree scholarship to Saunders College.

Team Body Cool earned second place for a cooling device worn by people with multiple sclerosis to discreetly control their symptoms during warm weather.

More than 70 proposals were submitted for the Fall 2015 Tiger Tank competition. The five teams selected had 3 weeks to prepare a formal presentation, which was presented to the panel and Entrepreneurship conference audience. The presentations are available for viewing online

Past Winners

For a list of past winners, please visit the Simone Center's Tiger Tank Library.