Five student startup teams received $9,000 in milestone grants from the Get Seeded program at the University of Utah in April. This was a special invite-only funding round for the best startups that participated in Get Seeded this year.
Teams pitched for grants in a people’s choice vote category and in a judged category. Find a list of grant recipients and startup team descriptions below. Watch all their pitch videos here.
Get Seeded is a regular milestone grant funding program open to all college students in Utah. The first step is to apply online. All university students in Utah are welcome to apply for grants.
Students requesting more than $500 follow a three-step process, concluding at the Final Pitch Event, where they pitch to an audience that votes on who gets funded. Students requesting $500 or less — called microgrants — are funded after a two-step process.
The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah and sponsored by Chad and Kristen Anselmo and doxy.me.
Learn more about Get Seeded and apply for a grant here: lassonde.utah.edu/getseeded.
Judges Choice First Place — $2,000 — S-Band (University of Utah)
S-Band, develops, licenses, and sells solution-based medical technologies to help medical practitioners improve patient care. The company was founded by medical professionals to assist medical professionals in improving patient care through innovative and practical solutions.
Judges Choice Second Place — $1,500 — Kara Tepe Kids (University of Utah)
Kara Tepe Kids, named after the refugee camp in Greece, provides lightweight and packable sleeping solutions for families that camp or travel. The main product is a portable sleeping pad and sleeping bag for toddlers between 15 months and 4/5 years. While designed for the consumer market, the secondary purpose of the company is to donate/give back to families living in refugee camps.
Judges Choice Third Place — $1,000 — MNTN Mobile (Western Governors)
MNTN Mobile offers peer-to-peer RV, ATV, and Boat sharing services (think Airbnb for RVs, ATVs, and Boats). Vehicle owners can list their vehicles on their website and app for free and rent them out to renters for affordable prices. MNTM Mobile’s list of services includes offering the platform (website and app), marketing, payment processing and distributions, supplemental insurance, communication services, and much more.
Donor’s Choice — $1,500 — MNTN Mobile (Western Governors)
(See description above.)
People’s Choice Category
People’s First Choice — $1,500 — Flourish (University of Utah)
Flourish creates groups of students from across the country and matches them with college students as mentors to help them battle and prevent mental health issues, giving students a safe place to share their experiences, and learn to achieve a healthy balance in their lives.
People’s Second Choice — $1,000 — Kurl Up (University of Utah)
Kurl Up is developing safe curly hair products by making one hair product that has safe ingredients and acts as a styler, moisturizer, curl definition, and adds volume to make it more accessible.
People’s Third Choice — $500 — Kara Tepe Kids (University of Utah)
(See description above.)