The winner of the 2012 Broad Business Pitch Competition, startup TempoRun, has been selected as one of the “Entrepreneurial Eight” and will compete in South by Southwest Interactive’s Student Startup Madness tournament finals.
The team includes Broad College of Business seniors Benny Ebert-Zavos, hospitality business, and Josh Leider, marketing, as well as juniors Phil Getzen and Adam Proschek from the College of Engineering. Together they created TempoRun, a mobile app that helps runners maintain a consistent and enjoyable pace, using music tempo as a guide.
The group will pitch their business to a panel of successful entrepreneurs and investors March 11 in Austin, Texas.
In addition to TempoRun, the remaining finalists include teams from Emory University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Louis University, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Texas at Austin.
The three teams that earn the highest scores from the panel of judges will each receive $5,000 of credits for Google Cloud Platform, which will help them build, deploy, and run web and mobile apps.
Student Startup Madness is a tournament-style competition for digital media startup businesses developed by college students from across the country. It started out with 64 teams in November and was narrowed down to 32 semi-finalists who were placed into four geographical regions in December. This January, two teams were selected from each region to compete in the final round.