Launch DePaul Finalists Announced!

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After a competitive first round of judging for Launch DePaul 2015, our judges have selected six finalist teams to participate at the Launch DePaul Awards Night on May 5th, 2015.

The six final teams who will be presenting their startup ventures in the final round of the competition are (in alphabetical order):

Horse Pilates
Smart Insurance Saver


At the Awards Night event, each team will present its venture to the VIP judges and the audience in a “Shark Tank” format. Once the six final teams present their ventures, the scores of the VIP judges will be tallied, and $15,000 in prizes will be awarded.

In addition, as an audience member, you will receive a stack of (DePaul blue!) poker chips upon arriving. After hearing the six teams present, each attendee will vote with their poker chips to determine two $1,000 Audience Choice Awards.

Our VIP judges for the evening include: Seth Kravitz, Co-Founder of Technori; Maura O’Hara, Executive Director, Illinois Venture Capital Association; John Pletz, Senior Reporter – Technology, Crain’s Chicago Business; and Kip Read, Senior VP – Commercial Banking, American Chartered Bank.

Tickets for the Launch DePaul Awards Night are still available for purchase, but are running out quickly! Tickets are $45 through April 30th, and $55 after May 1st. Each ticket includes admission to the reception and event, as well as sponsorship of a DePaul student to attend. Students will be selected from the pool of emerging entrepreneurs who entered the Launch DePaul competition but did not make it to the final round, as well as those who contact Molly Haigh at to be added to the registration list.

Accounting firm Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, social talent recruiter QUEsocial, and Chicago coworking community Grind are sponsors of the evening. Crain’s Chicago Business serves as media sponsor.

Join us on May 5th to celebrate Entrepreneurship at DePaul! To purchase tickets and find out more about Launch DePaul, please click here to watch our video.