2019 Zingale Big Idea Competition

The Zingale Big Idea Competition is a student-focused seed-funding business pitch presentation competition.  It is designed for new business ideas, which have yet-to-receive funding.

The Annual Competition awards a whopping total of $20,000 in Total Prize money between the student and community winners. The contest emulates the experiences seen on the popular CNBC broadcast, Shark Tank (but with a heart). Unlike Shark Tank, the Zingale Big Idea distinguished panel of judges do more than evaluate the student team’s business models – they offer constructive feedback, coach and encourage students.

Meet the 2019 Winners

2019 Zingale Big Idea Finalists, from left Christian Walker, Daniella Clarke, Christopher Miller, Ethan Harvey, Natalia Buczek, Mark Sotomayor and Doug Salah. Photo by Ed Mailliard. Click here to read our 2019 Newsletter

Tied for 1st Place: Natalia Buczek & Christopher Miller –  Aid Memoir, a communication app and website for patients with verbal and memory impairments and their caregivers.

Christian Walker – animatr, a streetwear company that changes the negative narrative surrounding fans of Japanese art/animation.

2nd Place: Daniella Clarke – Fit Me, a food truck  and home delivery service dedicated to providing healthier meal options.

3rd Place: Mark Sotomayor & Ethan Harvey – Acceptum, an app that automatically collects & stores your receipts in a digital database in order to alleviate the need for  paper receipts.

Honorable Mentions:
Abraham Duncan – Never Go Hungry, created to bring awareness the glaring issue of hungry kids living on college campus as well as promoting individual achievements and helping the community as a whole.
Doug Salah – MSH, A brand/lifestyle that celebrates each person’s individuality.

Christian "Dubs" Walker
Christian (Dubs) Walker

What do students think about this experience? 

“Freshman year I lost in the finals.  Sophomore year I didn’t make it past the preliminary round. Last summer I worked so hard I burnt myself out. I have never taken a day for granted. I have worked for the last three years for this moment. Winning this competition is the result of consistent hard work and dedication,” commented Christian (Dubs) Walker, co-first place winner of the 2019 Zingale Big Idea Competition.

Successful presentations in past competitions have been about a mobile organic food market, a new music sharing app, an aquaponics research project, and an employment initiative for adults in the autism spectrum.