Five 2021 Stumberg Finalists Set
Winning teams embark on Summer Accelerator, prepare for final competition
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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The Stumberg New Venture Competition has narrowed its 2021 field to five promising startups.

Commuv, MicroLev, New Works SA, Notch ESports Suppliers, and Wakescoot will all take home $5,000 in seed money, and now move on to the Summer Accelerator phase of the competition. This 10-week phase gives the members of these five teams summer housing, access to alumni consultants, business crash courses, as well as salaries for team members. This fall, the teams will reconvene for the final round, with $25,000 in grand prize money at stake.

The promise of the 2021 field wasn’t limited to the finalists—in an unprecedented move thanks to the generosity of donors, the competition also awarded $1,000 to each of the seed teams that weren’t selected as finalists: PartySafe, Ecospace, Neram Textile Recycling, AllFor1 and Ventura, LLC.

“We believe very strongly in our students at Trinity—students from diverse backgrounds and diverse disciplines who are committed to build new ventures to solve real-world problems,” says Luis Martinez ’91, Ph.D., director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “All of our teams deserve an investment and an opportunity to build something real, because they have what it takes to make real change in the world today.”

Find out more about the businesses the five Stumberg finalists hope to continue building this summer.

Jalen White ‘23 and Michael Marquez ‘22
Commuv

Jalen White ‘23 and Michael Marquez ‘22

Commuv aims to make traffic stops simpler and safer. The startup's software connects police officers and drivers through short-range technology and mobile applications, reducing the need for direct contact during traffic stops.

Josefina Hajek-Herrera ‘22, chemistry professor Ryan Davis, and Bene Snyder ‘22
MicroLev

Josefina Hajek-Herrera ‘22, chemistry professor Ryan Davis, and Bene Snyder ‘22

MicroLev exists to provide the most accurate and cost-effective aerosol research technology for scientists while seeking a more sustainable future. This optical equipment company serves to improve the understanding of the critical roles that aerosols play in our everyday lives by providing accurate and more innovative aerosol research instruments using their technology to levitate single droplets in a contactless environment.

Scarlett Patiño ‘23, Wren Ramos ‘23, and Anthony Tresca ‘22
New Works SA

Scarlett Patiño ‘23, Wren Ramos ‘23, and Anthony Tresca ‘22

New Works SA provides the San Antonio community the ability to create fun, accessible, original theater productions that enrich and reflect contemporary culture. New Works SA offers classes and performance opportunities to create and engage with brand new theatrical productions, while giving aspiring creators the opportunity to learn and create simultaneously.

George Wiggam ‘22
Notch ESports Suppliers

George Wiggam ‘22

Notch Esports Suppliers is a subscription-based service that builds and supplies high

schools and colleges with updated gaming computers and the necessary equipment for

schools to start and maintain an esports program. Subscription bundles include providing computers, monitors, peripherals, and any other products that are tailored for a school’s individual needs with affordable and unique pricing models.

Ryan Arnold ‘24, Carson Byrd ‘24, AJ Townsend ‘24, and Cannon Starcke ‘24
WakeScoot

Ryan Arnold ‘24, Carson Byrd ‘24, AJ Townsend ‘24, and Cannon Starcke ‘24

WakeScoot aims to add nuance to water sports by allowing for new tricks and a unique experience on a boat. Using a new kind of lightweight water scooter, WakeScoot creates more enjoyment for beginners as well as experienced water sport enthusiasts by adding variability, functionality, and options for exploration to a dynamic field of athletic entertainment.

 

Jeremiah Gerlach is the brand journalist for Trinity University Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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