Tribe, a mobile platform for team-based addiction recovery and self-improvement, won first place and the $3,000 grand prize at the 2021-22 University of Utah Opportunity Quest business model summary competition today. Ten teams advanced to the final judging and awards event held at Lassonde Studios. The competition is managed by students at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and sponsored by Zions Bank.
“Opportunity Quest prize winnings will be instrumental in helping us reach more people who need the Tribe app and want to improve,” said Elizabeth Miller, Tribe’s head of business growth and a student at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.
Other top teams included the second-place winner Foam Laundry ($2,000), the third-place winner Aether Masks ($1,000), the judges award winner FoodsRush ($500), and the best-video winner SadieB Personal Care ($500). Every team that made it to the top 10 is also awarded a prize of $100. See below for a complete listing and descriptions of all the finalist teams.
“Opportunity Quest provides a unique opportunity for teams to develop and grow their business ideas,” said Peyton Williams, the student co-chair for Opportunity Quest. “I am incredibly impressed by the amount of professionalism each of these teams have shown throughout the competition.”
Tribe matches people into teams of other people with the same goal so they can leverage each other for success through shared connection, motivation, and accountability. The app’s features promote daily social interaction and gamify accountability. Tribe’s current focus is helping people who are working to overcome pornography habits, but ultimately, Tribe plans to use its platform for all types of self-improvement.
The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business, hosts branch Opportunity Quest competitions across the state at partner universities. Participants are judged by industry experts based on the quality of their submission and pitch. Winning teams at Opportunity Quest receive prize money, and the winner advances into the top 20 of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, where they will develop a full business model and compete against students across the state of Utah for the grand prize of $20,000.
All university students in the state of Utah are welcome to apply now to the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide business-model competition with over $60,000 in prizes available to students. The application is open until Feb. 7. Apply online and learn more at lassonde.utah.edu/uec.
Learn more about Opportunity Quest at lassonde.utah.edu/oq.
University of Utah Opportunity Quest Top 10 Teams 2021-22
Here are the top 10 teams in the University of Utah Opportunity Quest for 2021-22. They are listed in alphabetical order:
- Aether Masks: A company that develops improved anti-fogging surgical masks.
- Argus Entertainment/The 801 Concert Series: A DJ service and audiovisual production company.
- Cortex Evolution: In-depth personal coaching sessions utilizing positive psychology.
- Foam Laundry: A direct-to-consumer laundry service for students living on campus.
- FoodsRush: An online marketplace connecting consumers and food establishments in order to eliminate food waste.
- Mura: A science-based productivity wellness planner designed for students.
- Nōmadik Living: A centralized platform of furnished apartments allowing users to live anywhere.
- Sadie B Personal Care: A personal-care brand designed specifically for and by Gen Z girls to empower them.
- T-Band: A medical device used to secure a patient’s arm during medication infusion to prevent needle complications.
- Tribe: A mobile platform for team-based addiction recovery and self-improvement.
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About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute
The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages Lassonde Studios, a five-story innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at lassonde.utah.edu.