AIMM, Cousins Meals take first place at 2020 Startup Week pitch competition

October 6, 2020

Ten startup founders pitched for cash + services at Techstars Startup Week Dayton 2020!

Taking first place in the innovation/tech category was Luis Estevez, founder of AIMM, striving to bring simple, yet effective, anti-microbial solutions to masses through advanced materials sciences.

First place in the main street category went to Andrew Choi, founder of Cousins Meals, a co that prepares convenient meals made from scratch that are healthy and fresh, with tons of flavor for you and your family.

Our Startup Week Dayton Early Risers Pitch Competition sponsor for the second year in a row was The ONEIL Center.  The center provides an innovative transdisciplinary experiential learning workspace that simultaneously functions as a classroom, incubator, small business, social impact organization and research lab in a new model of workforce development.

Andrew & Luis won $2,500K cash & $750 in marketing services from The ONEIL Center. Luis will also receive $1,000 in services from partner sponsor Converge Technologies.

Taking second place in the innovation/tech category was Bryan Hunter, founder of Nebula HQ, an accountant’s engine to drive client relationships and provide one cohesive platform for day to day client interaction.

Second place in the main street category went to Aaron Brown, founder of Safe Sports Masks, a company that provides sports masks and face coverings for athletes and people into fitness.

Bryan & Aaron took home $500 in marketing services from The ONEIL Center.

Also pitching were:

• Rhea Adkins, founder of Vegan It IZ Eats, a company that provides products to make adapting a vegan and healthier lifestyle easier than ever;

• Clarissa Foster, founder of Charmed by Riss, a company that designs a beautiful array of stretch cord, wire wrapped bracelets, bangles, and other accessories using precious stone, gemstone, natural wood, and polymer clay beads;

• Cierra Lewis, founder of Bless Me Sweets, a bakery that specializes in gourmet cookies, largely targeted to vegan and plant-based eaters;

• Jack Randall, founder of Illume, a device that allows endurance athletes to send SOS messages to predefined emergency contacts while training;

• T. Osinubi, founder of Delightfully Understandable, working to replace the school-to-prison pipeline with a marketing technology career path;

• Connor DuShane, founder of Smart Slumber, revolutionizing sleep by allowing users to fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer, and achieve a higher quality of sleep;

All finalists received $200 in marketing services from The ONEIL Center.