2014 UnLtd USA Finalists Announced

Six Finalists have been selected to pitch their impact enterprises on Saturday, August 2nd to receive seed funding and a full year of Incubation Support from UnLtd USA, Austin’s first incubator for entrepreneurs solving pressing social and environmental problems.

On Saturday, August 2nd, six UnLtd USA Finalists will pitch their initiatives to solve pressing social and environmental problems to receive seed funding and a full year of support and training from UnLtd USA. We are thrilled with the number and the calibre of applications we received and are excited to announce the six Finalists that will all be pitching for a spot in UnLtd USA’s first cohort.

The Final Selection Panel, composed of business leaders and entrepreneurs, may recommend all six Finalists pitching to be selected as members of UnLtd USA’s first cohort. The six Finalists will each pitch to two separate Final Selection Panels that will independently make their recommendations.

Final Selection Panelists:

  1. Dan Graham, CEO of Build A Sign
  2. Jason Seats, Managing Director of TechStars Austin
  3. David Porter, Executive Director of A Glimmer of Hope Austin
  4. Paul Hurdlow, Partner and Co-Chairman at DLA Piper NEST
  5. Randall Kempner, Executive Director of ANDE at The Aspen Institute
  6. Steve Wanta, Program Director at Whole Planet Foundation and Founder of Center61
  7. Scott Collier, Managing Director at Pasadera Capital and Co-Founder of Slow Money Austin

UnLtd USA Finalists (In alphabetical order)

Hudson BairdPelotonU (http://www.pelotonu.org)
The Problem: Each year over a quarter of a million students graduate from Texas public high schools. Of these, less than 30% enroll in four-year colleges. More than half of freshmen who enroll never graduate, and those who do carry an average debt of $25,000 before interest. At the same time, 90% of the fastest growing jobs in Texas require post-secondary education.
PelotonU blends online education and in-person mentorship to help working students get through college with greater learning and less expense.

Dustin FedakoCompost Pedallers (http://www.compostpedallers.com)
The Problem: We are throwing valuable resources in the trash.  Americans send over 35 million tons of organics to landfills each year, where they produce methane, a greenhouse gas 20x more harmful than carbon dioxide. Due to a lack of convenient composting options, city dwellers have no choice but to send their organic resources to landfills, while nearby gardeners are left in need of the fertilizer those organics could be creating.
The Compost Pedallers are a bike-powered compost recycling program that makes composting simple and rewarding. Their mission is to transform an entire city's organic waste stream into local food, all without burning a single drop of fossil fuels.

Lauren FosterStretch (http://www.stretchrecipes.com)
The Problem:  Over 50 million tight budgeted individuals and families struggle to make healthier food purchasing choices, oftentimes sacrificing personal health for immediate cost.
Stretch pairs cash on hand or budget with delicious, easy to make nutritional chef recipes and coupons.

Michael Hanan & Lloyd MinickTen Acre Organics (http://www.tenacreorganics.com)
The Problem: Conventional agriculture accounts for 80% of global water usage.
Ten Acre Organics is working to build the most sustainable and productive ten-acre farm in the world, as a model that can be replicated around cities everywhere, reducing water usage by up to 90%.

Igor HolasMentegram (http://www.mentegram.com)
The Problem: Effective mental healthcare requires data driven insights, and yet only 11% of clients return their daily tracking forms completed.
Mentegram improves the treatment decision-making of mental healthcare professionals through more robust, and more engaging daily tracking tools.

Cheyenne Weaver & Diana GriffinGirlsGuild (http://girlsguild.com)
The Problem: A key predictor for success for young women entering the workforce is confidence; lack of confidence keeps young women out of the workforce and in some cases underpins many mental disorders such as anorexia.
GirlsGuild is a marketplace that connects young women to apprenticeships with experts (or makers) in creative fields such as photography, graphic design and fashion. GirlsGuild provides real-world opportunities for girls and women to learn one-on-one from women leaders in their chosen field, building skills, confidence and creative voice.