TAMPA — A team of four University of Tampa students were named the winners of the Global Startup Battle (GSB)’s Disruptors and Big Ideas Track with their business idea, LiftSync, a wearable product that tracks weights and repetitions during a gym work out.
The team, comprised of Mariner Cheney ’17, Matt Phillips ’17, Patrick Schroeder ’17 and Derek Flores ’16, won a prize package from Transpose that includes 10 Prime user accounts, 20 hours of business consulting, mentoring sessions in fundraising, product design, business development, branding and more, five free devices for testing their product and a one-hour meeting with a startup reporter from the Seattle community (where Transpose is headquartered).
Thousands of teams from around the globe competed in this year’s GSB, the largest global startup battle in the world. LiftSync placed first in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay hosted by UT, which was the first step in the GSB competition. Competing against 37 other ideas pitched, LiftSync won first place, advancing them and two other top local winners to the regional round of the GSB. As winners in the regional competition, LiftSync then went on to compete in the international competition.
For more information, contact Rebecca White, director of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, at email@example.com or (813) 257-1760.
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