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Olin Teams Battle it out at the B.E.T.A. Challenge Finals

At the Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action Challenge  (B.E.T.A.) finals two Olin teams, ARC Superchargers and Shop, Drop and Roll, gave well-received presentations to an enthusiastic crowd but ultimately came up just short of the grand prize. The final winner in the undergraduate category, Cleancult, is a Babson startup. 

"I'm very proud of all of the Olin teams who participated in the B.E.T.A Challenge at the various stages from faculty review to the finals. In each case they developed a unique product using innovative technology and made multiple pitches and presentations in front of large audiences, all while keeping up with demanding course work,” said Lawrence Neeley, Assistant Professor of Design and Entrepreneurship at Olin College.

The B.E.T.A. Challenge is a three-month long start-up competition open to all Olin undergraduates along with Babson undergraduates, graduates and alumni. Teams and individuals bring their start-up companies to the table in various stages of development from prototypes to fully formed businesses already racking up sales. This year, 18 start-ups made it through the initial stages to compete in the semi-finals. Presenting at the booths, were a variety of young entrepreneurs and products. One group presented a product idea combining physical fitness with STEM education, another showed an Airbnb-like online service to find doctors in Latin America and another team pitched a luxury ready-to-wear new women’s apparel line, to name a few. 

Students started the semi-final competition demonstrating their products and services in booths at a Venture Expo and then gave 60-second rocket pitch on why their products are investment-worthy.

Twelve Olin students formed four of the six undergraduate teams that made it to the semifinals, including:

  • Acronym LLC (Jared Briskman '19, Eric Miller '19, Lauren Gulland  '19, Carl Moser '19 and Arpan Rau, '19)
  • ARC Superchargers (Hunter Normandeau '18 and Talia Tandler, Wellesley College '18, Olin Engineering '19)
  • Intelligent Annotator (Nathaniel Yee '19)
  • Shop Drop Roll (Andrew Holmes '19, Sunny Chae Babson College '18; Micaela Chiang '19, and Daniel Daugherty '19)

After the semi-finals, Shop, Drop and Roll and ARC Superchargers were two of the three teams that made it to the final round.