Five Robins School of Business students at the University of Richmond not only successfully pitched their business ideas, but also earned prize money to help them jumpstart their own businesses. The following seniors placed in the annual Business Pitch Competition:

First place: Jeffrey Weinert and Will Klingner, Keybodo

  • The Idea: A keyboard cover with the shape of each letter raised on each key to improve typing speed and character recognition.
  • Prize: $3,500
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Second place: Marc Kessler, FeelTheVibe

  • The Idea: An app that allows audience members to purchase merchandise from artists and venues during concerts.
  • Prize: $1,000
  • Website:

Third Place: Pep Ruckpanich and Oliver Parker, Feasy

  • The Idea: Customized protein powder to suit different health needs.
  • Prize: $500
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The Business Pitch Competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Club, is an annual event open to all undergraduate students to showcase their ideas in front of professional judges.

“We want our students to be able to create and present a business concept that is novel and marketable,” said Eric Martin, director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. “We then work with students to identify an approach to building the venture that is reasonable and achievable. This competition allows them to test their concept and approach.”

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