Fall 2022 winners: 49er Impact Pitch Competition

Categories: 49er Impact, General News

49er Impact helps students develop entrepreneurial thinking skills and make an impact with their ideas through integrative and iterative learning.

Seventeen students pitched their business or program idea virtually on November 18, 2022, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Eight participants were from the academic class CLAS 3000: Ideas to Action; four were from CEI’s microcredential program; three were from CEI’s student incubator, 49er Foundry; and two were student body members.

49er Foundry Grand Prize Winner

Award: $1,500

Caleb Achidi – senior, Belk College of Business

Wholelisticly is a holistic telehealth company that seeks to make wellness the new norm and to make holistic health affordable and accessible to everyone.

Idea Pitch Grand Prize Winner

Award: $1,000

Zachary Pignon – senior, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Universal Junctional Bandage is a quick and reliable first aid kit to help stop junctional bleeding.

Graduate Student Winner

Award: $250

Dujeray Gaines – MBA student, Belk College of Business

Charlotte Venture Student Collective is a student program that seeks to increase retention at UNC Charlotte by supporting the student entrepreneur.

Undergraduate Student Winner

Award: $250

Miya Mosley – senior, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

VENT is a mental detox space that’s meant to help college students cope with the daily stressors of college life.

Best Business Idea Winner

Award: $500

Christopher Grisset – senior, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Muze is a social networking app that allows for creator collaboration between creators.

Social Impact Winner

Award: $500

Mia Huffman – sophomore, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Traditional Housing for Re-entry is a transitional housing solution for reentry, specifically for individuals re-entering society post-incarceration.