Atlas Esports, a Harbert College of Business endeavor, was among the 10 teams to advance
to the Tiger Cage finals.
Sixteen outstanding student-led teams, representing the Harbert College of Business,
the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture, the College of
Liberal Arts, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, pitched their business ideas
before industry professional judges on Friday January 27 at the Harbert College of
Business. Ten teams were selected to advance to the February 24th Tiger Cage semifinals
Advancing teams, listed in alphabetical order are:
- AbGlo - A physical fitness device that provides visual feedback to correct lumbar posture
that can be used in gyms, rehab centers, personal training sessions, and at home use.
(Holli Michaels, Marianne Madsen, Courtney Montague; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)
- Archangel Defense – A provider of customized equipment for any combat situation imaginable, designed
for peak mission performance, and above all to make sure everyone who defends our
country makes it home. (Shay Pilcher; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)
- Atlas Esports - Founded to exploit their expertise in the Esports industry focusing on program
growth, team development, production quality, and sponsorship. (Dalton Counter; Harbert
College of Business)
- Dream Mentorship– Provides mentorship specifically for women in communities around the world. (Mac-Jane
Crayton; College of Liberal Arts)
- Dropllel – Accurate, rapid, and cost-effective detection of virus’ successfully lowering the
possibility of large-scale spread. (Parvin Fathi-Hafshejani; Samuel Ginn College of
- Hyper Transport - A software service that will automate the process for truck drivers to find a load.
(Justin Cook and Deon Wise; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)
- Menu Match – A mobile application for people with varying types of dietary restrictions (Jessica
Bloodsworth; Harbert College of Business)
- OMNIS – A peer-to-peer social platform that allows individuals to borrow money through
the community with short-term, micro-loans that meet their immediate needs. (Zakariya
Veasey, Evan Henley, Nnamdi Ikenna-Obi; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)
- Rodopto – An agricultural company dedicated to sustainable crop production utilizing advancements
in drone technology. (Scott Rowe; Harbert College of Business)
- Snake Pudding – A paste formulated as a skin protectant and treatment of skin irritations (Will
Jordan, College of Agriculture.)
“We are delighted with the diversity of startup ideas and the quality of the student-teams
participating in this year’s competition,” said Lou Bifano, Director, New Venture
Accelerator, at the Harbert College of Business. “Every year we see better ideas and
better presentations. The collection of presentations this year may have been the
In its eighth year, the Tiger Cage business pitch competition discovers and rewards
early-stage products, services or business concepts that emerge from Auburn University
students. Recent success stories include, Vulcan Line Tools, Room2Room Movers, IGNTE, SwiftSKU, Flashtract, Yellow Card, and Tennibot.
The Tiger Cage final round – featuring the four teams that advance from the semifinals
– will be held on March 31 in the Broadway Event Space and Theater located in Horton-Hardgrave
Hall. There, teams will compete for $54,000 in early-stage startup capital.
Special recognition and appreciation go to the judges who supported the quarterfinal
- Kristin Cooper, Solutions Architect, SHL
- Tim Denison, President, GDI LLC.
- Parker Duffey, Co-Founder, Tailgate Guys & PRE Event Resources
- Ben Finley, Managing Partner, The Finley Firm, P.C.
- Larkin Jones, Alabama Small Business Development
- Mark Ledbetter, Senior Vice President, Solutions Engineering
- Khiari McAlpin, Founder, Vinehouse Nursery
- Luke Oeding, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Auburn University
- Ralph Runge, RSquare Consulting, Inc.
- Jason Wilson, CEO, Coldwater Mountain Brewpub
Please contact Lou Bifano to learn more about the Tiger Cage business pitch competition as well as the broad
array of services provided by the New Venture Accelerator that are available to those
who may need help starting a new business or growing an existing one.