Scenes from an afternoon at The Collider Cup

The semester is over! Time for an all-star pitch competition at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, run by Melissa Glass.

Along with cojudges Stephen Torres from UCB, Luke Kowalski of Oracle, and Peter Nachbaur from Keen IO, I was honored to judge the afternoon Fall Showcase at UC Berkeley. 

We heard and gave feedback on all-star business pitches from teams from various classes with distinct approaches:

Technology Entrepreneurship, and the Management of Technology Innovation Program with Naeem Zafar, 

Product Management with Ken Sandy,

and finally, some familiar-to-me teams (hi, Acuity & CoffeeX!) from the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp with Gigi Wang.

Some highlights:

  • A venture using CRISPR technology to solve an unsustainable aquaculture practice -- feeding farmed salmon with fish oil that is too high in unhealthy Omega acids.
  • A peer-to-peer investing tool to tap into the most successful fund managers who happen to be regular joes.