In February, Vanderbilt MBAs Austin Tuell, Margaret Goldberg, Trisha Fridrich, Jordan Holland, and Sam Lockard flew to Houston to participate in the regional VCIC, an international venture capital case competition. Think: Shark Tank for b-school. The team evaluated three start-ups including a company creating the equivalent of the Android platform for drone software, headgear that helps you swim straight and cures vertigo, and DiBS, a data visualization company run by an undergrad.
During the two-day competition, the Owen team competed against teams from Michigan, Emory, Ohio State, Purdue and Texas. They heard the investor pitch from entrepreneurs, interviewed the founders to perform additional due diligence and presented to the judges as if they were venture capitalists. The Owen team received great feedback on their process and looks forward to providing keen insight to next year’s team.