Fernando Romney impressed the judges and took home top honors at the Seventh Annual King of the Court quick pitch business competition. His entry, “Immersive Intellect LLC,” designs engaging casual games targeted at young adults.

Hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation located in the College of Business Administration, the competition featured 16 entries that presented their business ideas to a panel of six judges.

The King of the Court competition is comprised of two rounds of competition. In both rounds, participants are given 90 seconds to present their business concept and another 90 seconds to address questions raised by the panel of judges. The top four finalists win cash prizes totaling $3000.

Other top entries included:

  • Ariel Anaya and Ricardo Vasquez, second place, for “Correlize,” a visualization tool for uncovering hidden correlations in financial and investment data
  • Michael Irene, third place, with “Greek Guide,” a mobile app designed to help Greek students learn more effectively
  • Cameron Jessee, fourth place, with “The Bag Boy,” an innovative mechanism for dispensing garbage bags
  • The following students also participated in the competition:

  • Daniel Botero, U-Bike LLC
  • Courtney Eierman, Stage Jamz
  • Jonathan Franco, Social Video Inc.
  • Anthony Hollick, Where the Girls At
  • Johnny Le, Prepstar
  • Brendan Richard, Crowd Finder
  • Edward Rippen, Funk It!
  • Stan Slavik, Agroponix
  • Matthias Sylverain, Muted Designs
  • Paul C. White, ConfirmThat.net
  • Ryan Witte, Finfunny
  • Sydney Vascik, Jump2
  • Judges included:

  • Larisa Perry, regional president, Central Florida, Wells Fargo
  • Roy Reid, ’88, partner, Consensus Communications
  • David Brim, ’08, CEO and founder, Brand Advance / co-founder of Grouptable.com
  • Zach Hoffman, ’05, CEO and founder, Exults
  • Merrell Bailey, ’85, managing partner, Bailey Zobel Pilcher
  • David Fravel, executive vice president, American General
  • Please visit the CEI website to learn more about the center and the competitions they sponsor throughout the year. The Joust is scheduled for Friday, April 6, 2012.