DisrupTexas 2018 Awards $55,000 to Undergraduate Startups
Five Texas startup teams took home cash and prizes in McCombs’ second annual pitch competition.
DisrupTexas is the largest pitch competition in terms of cash awards for Texas-based undergraduate students. In addition to a monetary prize, the contest awards software credits from Oracle worth $15,000. The competition aims to serve as a launch pad for budding student entrepreneurs.
Flo Recruit, headed by Katherine Allen, a junior in mechanical engineering and Plan II Honors at UT Austin, took home first place and $20,000. Flo Recruit enables companies to hire talent by capturing candidate data in seconds, gathering employee feedback, and providing recruiters with data and insights never before available.
Second place and $10,000 went to Pigeon, founded by UT freshman Jatin Kumar. Pigeon is an intelligent, real-time communication platform empowering business productivity and cross-language communication. The service integrates with conferencing to provide closed captioning and analytics.
Other winners and awards:
● 3rd place, Survivr, UT Dallas, $5,000
● 4th place, Pro Lit Fic, UT Austin, $3,000
● 5th place, Dive, UT Austin, $2,000
Out of 100 applications, 25 undergraduate finalists from six Texas universities presented their 10-minute pitches to four expert judges and 60 members of the entrepreneurship community, receiving professional feedback and mentorship in the Texas startup ecosystem.