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32 Student Teams Selected to Pitch at SEED SPOT Schools Semi-Finals

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager

Over the past year, students in classrooms all over the country have been formulating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. They’ve identified a problem affecting their campus or community, investigated the root cause, identified their target customers, researched their competitive landscape, and created prototypes of the solutions they’re building with the help of their teachers and SEED SPOT mentors. The end goal? Pitching at SEED SPOT Schools National Demo Day on Tuesday, May 14th at Tempe Center for the Arts (RSVP HERE).

Before making it to the big stage, students must first submit applications to compete at Semi-Finals, which will be held on Wednesday, April 17th at Galvanize in Phoenix’s Warehouse District. Nearly 50 students teams from California to New Jersey submit applications, which were scored by a panel of judges based on their pitch decks, pitch videos, and demonstrated traction. We’re excited to announce that these 32 teams will be advancing to Semi-Finals:

  • Atelier: Tanner Birecki, Colby Cox, Chris Gallow, Leilani Lam, Tanner Lattie, and Aubrey Tuttle
  • Baking Buddies: Nevaeh Lara and Genesis Caruso
  • Cenote Skin: Alissa Persten and Diallah Blaza
  • Choose Right: Willow Birdsong, Milena Borozan, and Oscar Lopez
  • e.m.u. LLC: Cassandra Kahla and Ava Krebs
  • Fastlane Campaign: Jibreel Patterson, Hamilton Zinnah, Nikyra Stubbs, and Abdoul Hisseine
  • Fire Liner: Josue Gonzalez, Jake Kobert, and Jonathan Strickland
  • Forward Thinking Plastics: Tara Bromfield and Justin Padgett
  • Hand For a Hand: Darlene Torres, Christian Ortiz, Heliberto Montoya, and Angel Vargas-Reyes
  • Homes for Phones: Hunter Simpson and Justin Marxen
  • JEMM: Jonathan Smart, Ryan Nee, and Hadi Lashin
  • K-ID: Beth Winterholler, Michael Liborio, and Madeline Gienko
  • Med-A-Go: Richard Johnson, Braeden Chambers, and Stacey Lizarraga
  • Oil Ease: Brenick Root, Nanase Toda, Anthony Romano, and Paris Wingham
  • Own Your Ozone: Tasker Tripi, Aria Echols, Remigio Cordero, and Mikyla Gates
  • ProtectThem: Dallin Johnson, Isabelle Jay, Lillian Belter, Divya Ganesan, and Morgan Goz
  • Recipe Wizard: Race Williams, Michael Kleve, Javon Parks, and Robin Tautimer
  • Safety Next: Alex Divito, Dakarai Alberty, Faith Huffer, and Adrien Frisque
  • Secure Facility Robotics: Nathaniel Denham, Nicco Shaw, Seamus McNamara, Anson Hoffman, and Kellen Worthington
  • SEBLINDZ: Jonah Linnenkamp, Will Liebes, and Brock Locnikar
  • Slurp-Up: Samuel Ramos, Victor Esparza, Brandon Samples, Stephanie Iyere, Han Wu, and Colin Mejane
  • sociABLE: Ariana Vaca, Ahmad Callahan, and Jace King
  • SocialBud: Christopher Griffin, Christopher Bateman, Colton Baldwin, and Calvin Bickett
  • SP Relief: Ben Linnenkamp and Coleman Reavey
  • Stable Top: Xander Gonzalez, Cole Warren, Colby Cox, and Cole Maxey
  • Swap Party: Sara Ben Abdallah
  • Sweef Co: Jackson Currier, Jake Smith, Max Bergamo, and Taline Jaber
  • Towered Solar: Tanner Lempka, Samuel Howard, Phoenix Foster, and Connor Ott
  • TSO Greenhouses: Dominic Stringer and Xavier Terrones
  • Younity: Aida Zaki and Daniel Campos-Penuelas
  • Youth Mobile: Daniel Fragozo, Alfred Swen, Stephanie Cuneo-Mims, and Esperanza Paredes
  • Zana Care: Humna Rana and Sakinah Zaki

Congratulations to all teams for their hard work, their ability to think outside the box, and their commitment to making their communities a better place. To the teams who didn’t advance to Semi-Finals, we are still so proud of your willingness to #DreamBig. We hope you continue working on your venture and apply again next year. The world needs more creators and founders who have your relentless spirit!

For the teams who were invited to pitch at Semi-Finals, here are a few reminders:

  • Please arrive by 10:00am and plan to stay until 1:00pm.
  • The chaperone ratio required for this event is 10 students to 1 chaperone.
  • If you are driving a school van, there is excess parking at the Carver Museum.
  • Recommended attire is business casual.
  • You will have three minutes to pitch and five minutes to answer questions about your business from a panel of judges.
  • The order of pitches will not be determined prior to the event. The order is based on arrival.
  • The deck used in your application will be the deck used at Semi-Finals. No changes will be accepted.
  • This event is closed to the public. SEED SPOT classes are the only classes invited to attend.
  • Light snacks will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Tristan Gandolfi at We look forward to seeing you at Semi-Finals! The Finalists moving on to National Demo Day will be announced on Friday, April 19th.

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