Published: March 20, 2019 By nvc 11 track finals team members (from left to right) Devon Soto, Ted Thayer and Brandon Aguirre smile for a selfie after their NVC 11 IT Track Finals win.

New Venture Challenge Track Finals are underway, and we're excited to announce as the first NVC 11 Championships finalist!

Competing against eight other teams in the NVC 11 IT Track Finals competition (hosted by Silicon Flatirons), took home the first place prize and $3,500 after pitching their business idea to a panel of judges and 100 more in attendance. The team is creating a revolutionary software platform that helps catering companies keep their events efficiently staffed. CEO and co-founder Brandon Aguirre, an undergraduate engineering senior majoring in computer science, came up with the business idea when he was working for different catering companies in New York City.

"During that time I saw how difficult it was for catering management to schedule a mixture of full-time, part-time, and contracted workforce," Aguirre said. "Now that I am graduating with a degree in computer science and have a passion for building software, I have the knowledge it takes to build a SAAS platform to solve this problem for catering companies."

The other award winners of the IT Track Finals included:​

  • 2nd place: Drivewayz ($2,500) – Shared marketplace app that connects property owners who have unused parking spaces to drivers who are searching for cheaper, more convenient options
  • 3rd place: Magneta ($1,000) – Creating relationships between companies and content creators by using machine learning to predict influencer advertising costs on YouTube
  • Six IT Track finalists each received $500: 
    • 1 Call – Software company attempting to increase users' accessibility to their contacts by providing a safety net when phones die, break or is lost and an important call needs to be made
    • SDECC – Platform for enabling effortless, automatic, distributed deployments for scientific computer tasks leveraging power of cloud providers
    • BigShopper – Creating new data sets for grocery stores that track customer movement
    • Momento – Web and mobile-based social media platform designed for freelancers
    • The Gather Collective – Mobile app for connecting with others, planning trips, finding new adventures, and renting local gear
    • Fresh Congress – Platform for citizens to view and compare the voting actions of their representatives to make better informed decisions will be one of five teams competing in the NVC 11 Championships on Wednesday, April 3 at the Boulder Theater.

"We're excited to see the other awesome teams we'll be competing against in the NVC 11 Championships," Aguirre said. "We're planning on giving it all we've got, and overall we're feeling great."

Stay tuned in the coming days as we announce the rest of the Track finalists!

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