Last week, WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi participated in the twice annual Pitch Dingman Competition at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Not only was Tim a lead judge for the competition, but he was also the keynote speaker!
The Pitch Dingman Competition is a twice annual competition in which student entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their start-up idea to notable alumni and regional industry leaders. The competition is named for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship on UMD’s College Park campus.
The five finalists who are given the opportunity to pitch the judges are chosen from an initial group of ten who participate in a semi-final round. The top five are then coached by Dingman Center staff and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to prepare them for the final competition.
Tim and the other judges selected the first and second place winners, while the live audience for the competition used text-to-vote to select the winner of the Audience Choice Award. Winners received varying levels of cash prizes to put towards their startup ideas.
The first place prize of $2,000 went to SellMyOldTech.com, a startup that provides the fastest and easiest way to sell old or broken smartphones.
Check out some of the photos from the competition below!