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Round 2: Proof of Concept

November 29, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
124 Thomas Hall

In this round of the PioBiz Competition, nine business ideas were pitched. The key components of the 7-minute pitch presentation were as follows.

  1. Problem: A clear description of the problem
  2. Customer Segment:  Who has this problem? Define the characteristics of your typical customer.
  3. Solution: A clear description of your product or service.
  4. Proof of Need:  Share the results of your secondary research on the overall demand in the market, and the potential demand for your product. Report the results of your primary need finding (surveys and interviews) research.
  5. Existing Alternatives:  How do your target customers currently solve the problem? Describe the nature, availability, and price of the competing products or services.  
  6. Unique Value Proposition: What is the advantage of your product or service over the alternatives? Why should people buy your product?
  7. Prototype/Experiments: Display a prototype, and/or describe the results of your experiments and hypotheses testing.
  8. Existing & Needed Resources: What are the major resources that you already have, and what are the major resources that you need to start producing your product or service?
  9. Cost Structure: Describe the major sources of your fixed and variable costs.
  10. Revenue Stream: Describe how you are planning to generate revenue.
  11. Road Map/Next Steps: Provide a timeline on what you are planning to do next.

Upon the completion of their presentations, the competitors were provided up to 5 minutes to engage in a Q&A session with the following five judges:

  1. Dr. Bonnie Martinez, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Marietta College
  2. Rocky Peck ’88, Auctioneer
  3. Lori Smith, Assistant Professor, Communication, Marietta College
  4. Mike Williams, President/Owner, iTech/Advance Alarm Tech
  5. Mike Workman, Founder, CONTRAXX Furniture
PioBiz Participants and Judges
PioBiz Participants and Judges

The judges and the audience jointly determined the top five winners of the competition. Each member of the audience had one vote, equivalent to 1 point. The judges were instructed to assign between 0 to 10 points in each of the following seven categories, a total of 70 points per project:

  1. The worthiness of the problem/proof of need
  2. Quality of solution (product/service)
  3. Results of prototyping or experiments
  4. Unique advantage
  5. Degree of feasibility/likelihood of success
  6. Quality of presentation
  7. Quality of answers during Q&A

Projects with the highest total points won the competition. The table below includes more information on the winning projects:

Product/ Service Team Members Award Amount
Jovial Counseling Rylie Wahl ’19, graduate student majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Class of 2023 First Place $450
ControllerView Studios, LLC Eric Debolt ’23, majoring in Environmental Engineering Second Place $400
GTS Auto Detailing Gabriel Torres ’24, majoring in Entrepreneurship Third Place $350
740 Pressure Washing Gavin Ott ’23, majoring in Management Fourth Place $300
The Big Blue Alexis Sommers ’25, majoring in Entrepreneurship
Lilly Posti ’25, majoring in Communication Studies
Fifth Place $250
PioBiz Winners
PioBiz Winners