Southern Adventist University’s Enactus team, in partnership with the national education nonprofit CoLabs, held a major pitch competition on campus called LaunchU on February 27, 2020. Modeled after the television show Shark Tank, the evening program provided students with an opportunity to present their business ideas while vying for $10,000 in prize money to invest in the projects.
Southern’s LaunchU event featured seven competitors representing a variety of projects. Isaac Fernandez, senior business administration major, won first place and received $5,000 for his business concept, Systematic Medical Referral (SMR). SMR seeks to develop an electronic system that will cut back on the errors and wait times that patients often face in the medical field.
“The LaunchU judges not only gave me an insight into different aspects of my company, but also provided me with help regarding the steps to take next,” Fernandez said. “The $5,000 in capital from this competition will cover the early developments of SMR, and go toward helping to find investors for the project.”
Southern’s Enactus team is sponsored by faculty from the School of Business, and housed in the University’s Institute of Ethical Leadership.
Southern Adventist University | June 2020