R.I. Business Competition announces winners of Elevator Pitch Contest

PROVIDENCE – Joey Asbell won the 2018 Elevator Pitch Contest held by the Rhode Island Business Competition, the organization announced Thursday.

Asbel’s pitch, Zap Technologies, is a plan to promote electrical-vehicle use with an on-call mobile charging system.

The event took place Wednesday evening at Tech Collective in Providence and featured 39 people, each with a 90-second pitch.

Second place was awarded to Ashton Stoop for his pitch, Clutch Prosthetics, a low-cost mechanical knee joint.

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Asbel, Stoop and eight other pitches were awarded a total of $1,000.

Other winners:

  • Rebecca Chernick – C. Easy Test Kit: a system to enable doctors to quickly detect hypervirulent bacterial strains
  • Ryan Dubay – SonoSieve: a technology to acoustically separate T-cells to be genetically engineered to fight cancer
  • Madison Frye – Koi Prosthetics: a venture to design prosthetic devices for impoverished amputees in developing countries
  • Taegon Lee – ToGoBOX: an online marketplace designed to deliver lunch to corporate customers
  • Mindy Levine – The Party Elements: a science-themed birthday party company
  • Natalia Moriel – SustusMax: a biodegradable suture containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents
  • John Round – Aleo BME: a company developing fertilizer enhancers
  • Adriano Taglietti – Chitotec: an immunotherapy treatment of an inflammatory protein implicated in a variety of cancers