The SCAD Startup 2021 finals took place on Friday, February 12th. The event, which is SCAD’s annual, week-long design sprint hosted by the FLUX – the UX club in collaboration with SCADpro, allowed SCAD’s undergrad and graduate students to compete in a week-long business design competition leading up to a pitch session in front of judges on the final day. Teams, which were made up of students from a variety of majors, worked together to craft a presentation deck, visual prototype, and a business model of their product or service. This year was unique in that the competition featured two tracks for student teams to choose from:
The Entrepreneurship Track
36 student teams and their mentors competed for the best innovative, new business concept centered around a product or service idea they designed from scratch.
Winners (Click each team name or business idea to see their product/service design)
1st Place – Plan’ter
An app that promotes mental health and wellness in teen oncology patients through scheduling activities of mindfulness, creating a safe space to release internalized emotions, and encouraging a fulfilled sense of achievement everyday.
Team: The Other Half
2nd Place – R-connect
A virtual bar experience with a mobile app and a physical product that allows you to have the social interactions and in-person bar experience you miss.
3rd Place – Wildfire
A revolutionary approach to the playground that incorporates more creatively stimulating equipment on a mobile platform.
Team: Phoenix Cell
Fan Favorite – Mobi
A transmitter and receiver system that universalizes hands-free payment and low customer-contact service.
The Local Business Track
27 student teams worked hands-on with a minority-owned (LGBT+, POC, Women-owned, etc.) local small business in Savannah or Atlanta. Students worked with the businesses to design creative solutions centered around the challenges the businesses faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Winners (Click each team name to see their product/service design)
Elite+ created a networking app for The Culturist Union (TCU) called The Union, which supports a “phygital” experience for TCU members.
#caake designed History Hunt, which uses QR technology to connect young students and parents with diverse historic figures illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
Team: 5spice Girls
5spice Girls created a tangible business strategy so that children, parents and teachers can interact with and learn from R. Gregory Christie’s works.
Learn more about all competing teams here: https://scadstartup.com/showcase
Watch the pitch competition finals here: