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Student teams pitch startup ideas at Wildfire Demo Day

Wildfire Demo Day 2018

Ten student teams pitched their startup ideas at Wildfire Demo Day, Aug. 29-30, competing for a prize pool of $10,000. 

Judges awarded the top three prizes, while the audience, both in-person and online, voted for a fan-favorite team, which also took home a monetary prize.

Teams addressed issues in a wide variety of fields, from politics education for teens, to a hangover cure, to a technology intervention that empowers people who are on the autism spectrum.


The Winners


First place - $4,000


Connects gaming enthusiasts who want to host in-home Twitch-viewing parties with others who are looking to share a couch with fellow fans.


Second place - $3,000


Empowers the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community through wearable technology that detects, notifies and reduces the frequency of meltdowns.


Third place - $2,000


Creates connection by engaging and growing university students’ talents, skills and experience while helping businesses tell their story and articulate their brand.


Audience favorite - $1,000


Identifies and implements high ROI manufacturing technology and provides opportunities to maximize workforce potential, bringing modern manufacturing tools to small- and medium-sized businesses.

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About Wildfire

Demo Day is the culmination of Wildfire, The Garage’s summer pre-accelerator program, which aims to develop students as both leaders and founders by introducing new ways of thinking and problem solving.

Published: August 31, 2018. Updated: August 31, 2018.

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