Tampa – University of Tampa graduate students Emilia Meo and Zac Herman recently won first place in the 2019 Statewide Collegiate Start-up Competition in Orlando, sponsored by the Florida Venture Forum.
Meo and Herman beat teams from 10 other Florida universities and will meet with investors in Tampa next week to discuss funding the growth of their company.
Meo’s and Herman’s company, SEED Classroom, is a mobile application that allows teachers to utilize mobile devices as a tool for education, while ensuring that students are on task. In this application, teachers are notified when students have left the SEED app and have opened a new one. This holds students accountable throughout the day. Additionally, SEED functions as a live hall pass. The app is meant to create a productive learning environment and ensure students are engaged in the classroom.
The Florida Venture Forum is the preeminent statewide, member based, private equity, venture capital and angel capital organization in Florida.
Both Meo and Herman are students in UT’s master’s in entrepreneurship program, and Spartan Accelerator participants in UT’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves approximately 9,300 students from 50 states and 132 countries. Approximately 62 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.