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2021 Wolf Den Finalists Announced

Picture of a student team pitching at Wolf Den 2019

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This year, GEW occurs the week of Nov. 8-12 and we’re celebrating at NC State by hosting events all week long!

A fan favorite? Wolf Den! This event is a Shark Tank-inspired pitch competition where five student teams pitch in front of a live audience and live judges – the wolves! The teams are competing for $2,100 in cash prizes. They will get 3 minutes to pitch and 4 minutes to answer judge questions. After all the teams have pitched, each ‘wolf’ will award equity-free investment money to their favorite team. The audience will also be casting their vote for their favorite team – a $300 audience choice award. 

The pitch competition takes place Friday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Duke Energy Hall in Hunt Library. The event is free and open to the public, attendees can grab a ticket at the event website. Food and drinks will be served at the beginning of the event, so make sure to grab a ticket and show up on time. 

2021’s Finalists Teams Include

Wake  

Wake is a vibrating wristband that only wakes up the one wearing it.

  • Adarsh Arun, Business Administration, Poole College of Management
  • Noah Gassner, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering

Dynamic Internal Volume Actuator (D.I.V.A.) 

D.I.V.A. is a modified bag valve mask application for emergency medical technicians that optimizes mobile ventilation by being plug-and-play, adaptable, and truly portable.

  • Travis McKay, Biomedical Engineering, PhD candidate 
  • Taylor Gabaldon, Biomedical Engineering, Master’s alumni 

Straight Shot 

Straight Shot is your own personal golf coach that is integrated with your golf clubs to provide real-time swing path tracking, analytics, and personal assistance to help improve your golf swing.

  • Jacob Walker, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Trenton Wallis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Spencer Wallis, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
  • David Horne, Economics, Poole College of Management
  • Ryan Coman, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering

EndorseAthlete 

EndorseAthlete is a sports marketing and social media platform designed to connect student-athletes with local and national businesses.

  • Walt Sellars, Sport Management, College of Natural Resources

Gunsmart 

GunSmart is an electronic locking system bringing antiquated gun locks into the era of smart technology.

  • Michael Ashley, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Samed Idil, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Sean Finegan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Yixuan Pan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Zetao Chen, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

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