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Presenting the 2023 Stumberg Seed Round Startups
Six teams of aspiring entrepreneurs enter the Louis H. Stumberg New Venture Competition

As part of the Louis H. Stumberg New Venture Competition Seed Round, six student-led teams will pitch startups to a panel of judges. The selected teams will present their companies on Friday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. This first round gives the participants the chance to receive $5,000 in seed funding for their startups. 

After moving past the seed round, the students will enter the Trinity Accelerator. The accelerator will take place over a 10-week period over the summer, during which the teams will work full-time to build connections with local entrepreneurs, attend business classes, and develop their companies with support from Geekdom and Trinity’s Venture Mentoring program. After returning to Trinity in Fall 2023, the teams will compete for the grand prize of $25,000 during the final round of the competition.

The Stumberg Competition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for students to engage with interests in business and marketing while expressing their creativity in an innovative and comfortable learning environment. The Stumberg Competition honors the legacy of the late San Antonio businessman and civic leader Louis H. Stumberg. For more information about the Seed Round event, visit This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged to reserve a spot. Visit Eventbrite to register.

Meet our 2023 Stumberg startups!

From left to right: WooJin Han ’26, Utsavi Joshi ’24, Marcos Morales ’25, Mollee Priddy ’24, and Jose Hernandez ’26

BFit is a web application that aims to provide its users with the adaptable, customizable, and intimate experience of a personal trainer and nutritionist through artificial intelligence (AI). Providing users with carefully created workouts and diets, clients will enjoy specially curated exercises and meals that will keep them on track with their objectives. By combining state-of-the-art AI technologies, web technologies, and a strong fitness community, we will revolutionize the personal fitness industry around the world.

From left to right: Gene Doerr ’26, Madelynn Gonzalez ’25, Jonathan Diaz ’26, and Nathan Ashworth ’26

Dorm Chef is a cooking and dining ware company that is perfectly curated for new home or apartment owners, college students, campers, or frequent travelers. Dorm Chef prioritizes space conservation by reducing dining sets to only the necessities and putting everything you’d need in one place. Our unique signature cooking bag features a slim, modern design, perfect for small spaces and people on the go. Our free recipe book is an easy educational tool for inexperienced cooks, and our website features a platform for chefs of any level to connect and share their own recipes.

Cade Harger ’25

GlassBrain is an educational desktop application that rethinks how machine learning is taught. It uses a playground-style building block interface that allows students to quickly and intuitively experiment and design neural networks. Students are given access to educational course content and explanations of architecture from famous scientific literature, supporting the learning process in a way that is relevant to real-world experience.

From left to right: Jade Bondy ’23 and Julie Bondy ’23

Working alongside nature, LiaiSun aims to combine sustainable technology and the home goods light industry. LiaiSun gets inspiration from modern photovoltaic and battery technologies to transform current artificial light sources, reducing energy use and contributing to global sustainability efforts. Users are provided with an efficient alternative to artificial light sources while maintaining quality light and the same ease of switching on a light.

James Ogunrin ’24

The Beast Collection is a sports and fitness apparel company providing customers with the finest high-quality athletic wear. The company focuses on empowering young adults to become the best versions of themselves, providing customers with the tools and motivation needed to live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

From left to right: Ashleigh Reese ’26, Mitch Overton ’24, and Sofia Ortiz ’24

Well and Worthy is women’s wellness redefined. Our app provides a personalized wellness and lifestyle plan for each individual woman via a menstrual cycle-based lifestyle approach. Using both the science and holistic practice of cycle syncing, women will be provided with life strategies, such as workouts, intimacy advice, and nutrition, that match their individual hormone fluctuations. Our lifestyle plan is designed to help women reclaim their energy and fitness goals, lower inflammation, and upgrade their well-being. We also aim to partner with both Eastern and Western medical practitioners that have access to cycle data and communicate via one platform to provide a place for women to finally receive whole-body, individualized, female-informed health care.


Emma Utzinger '24 helps tell Trinity's story as a writing intern for Trinity University Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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