Drones for Safer Insurance Field Inspections Wins Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest

Seventeen UW-Green Bay student entries competed in the Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest. Four cash prizes totaling $1,000 were furnished by Dental City’s Competitive Spark Endowment. The contest also served as a preliminary round for the 2021 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament (WBIT, or www.wisys.org/events/bigidea).

Students submitted 90-second pitch videos to an online platform where judges, many of whom are alumni and recruiters, evaluated the ideas for new businesses, new products, new nonprofits, and new community projects. The results are First prize of $500 was earned by Kody Klumb (Business Administration) whose idea, Klumbus InsurTech, applies the efficiencies and the safety of drone technology for use by Property and Casualty insurance agents conducting field inspections. Second prize of $300 went to Boa Moua (Business Administration) whose product C.H.A.M.S.T.R. is a shippable, modifiable, stimulating Custom Hamster Activity Maze for hamsters or other small pets. Third prize of $100 went to Apoorva Gurtu (Environmental Science & Policy) who developed the idea The Green Bay Senior Bridge Program. Gurtu’s idea bridges the intergenerational gap, thus decreasing loneliness and social isolation within aging communities, by helping them interaction much more easily with the outside community. Gurtu first introduced this idea in the 2020 Innovation in Aging competition. The Peoples Choice Award of $100 went to Ka Vang (Business Administration) for her idea Ntxhais Hmoob, a modern Hmong-inspired fashion line for everyday wear.

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