Founders in the Master of Business Creation (MBC) program at the David Eccles School of Business had the meeting of a lifetime during the Silicon Slopes Summit in Salt Lake City in 2021.
Abbie Kohler and Greg Fine, co-founders of ResusciTech, were selected to be one of only a handful of companies that got the opportunity to pitch their products to Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple and keynote speaker at the summit.
They learned about the opportunity from their MBC mentors a week earlier and rushed to prepare for the meeting.
During the meeting, they showed Cook their app for teaching people CPR, and afterward, Cook said he was impressed and highlighted their company during his opening remarks to the general audience at the summit.
“I think it deserves the name ‘Silicon Slopes’ to put it very crisply,” Cook said of Utah. “What I look for when I go to places is are there people who want to change the world, people that get up in the morning and think about their passion and work all day to try to get the job done, and this morning, or earlier today, I met with four developers, and I see that, I sense that. One was focused on teaching people CPR. They are called ResusciTech — maybe they are in the audience right now — a fabulous application of an app that focuses on making sure the depth and frequency are correct, so they are really trying to do something that really changes things, that helps people.”
The Resusitech team was also happy with the meeting and said it was everything they hoped and more.
“It went really well,” Kohler said. “It was more of a conversation than a pitch, which wasn’t what we were expecting. He is a very friendly person, so it was nice. His energy was very calming, so it wasn’t very nerve-racking.”
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