A device that allows communication between pre-approved contacts won the Florida Tech Business Model Canvas Competition in April. The competition rewarded students for identifying and defining key business model hypotheses (using the Business Model Canvas), testing and validating those hypotheses with customers, and then pivoting and iterating their business model based on customer interactions.
The first place winner was myTFF from students Emily Broom and David Elliott, which is designed to provide a safer communication alternative for children. DIY Auto Garage from Connor Cassidy, Hayden Hamaker and Giovanni Carlesso won 2nd place, and Ludic Pets from Candi Shanks, Alexandria Ramsaran and Hank Abell won 3rd.
The judges were Erica Lemp, executive director of weVenture, Thomas Haynie, a senior in the Nathan Bisk College of Business at the time, and Steve Ruqus, director, Solutions Center for Continuous Improvement at Experis.
Pictured, from left, are judges Thomas Haynie and Erica Lemp, student winners Emily Broom and Elliott, and judge Steve Ruqus.