Elevator pitches: 6 of top 10 to Brown

 David Emanuel

Elevator pitches: 6 of top 10 to Brown

Senior David Emanuel took the top spot in the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition’s 2012 Elevator Pitch Contest, held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Johnson and Wales University. Emanuel, a mechnical engineering concentrator, pitched Lock’d, a device that enables travelers to attach their backpacks to stationary objects such as hostel beds and train seats. Contestants each had 90 seconds to present a business idea to a panel of expert judges from the Rhode Island business community, who provided constructive feedback, telling presenters what they did well and how they could improve their pitch. A total of $1,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the top 10 presenters. Five other Brown students also made the top 10. Cory Abbe, a senior business major, pitched Sonacatch 3D Complete Trawl Sonar System, an all-inclusive trawl sonar system that keeps underwater fishing nets safe from harm. Tim Kwak pitched SEVA, software that will allow mariners to indicate their preferred content to be broadcast on a satellite network. Isha Gulati, a senior English major, pitched Resolute Racing Shells, a power output meter that delivers key readings of the power output of rowers. Cliff Weitzman, a freshman studying economics and renewable energy, pitched BoardBrake, an attachable brake for longboards to make skateboarding safer. Sidney Kushner, a senior studying applied mathematics, presented CCChampions, a nonprofit corporation he established to build a national network that links children with cancer to professional athletes.