Fair Haven software startup wins TechLaunch’s latest BullPen pitch competition

By Emily Bader
Piscataway | Feb 7, 2019 at 10:35 am

TechLaunch announced the winner of BullPen #12, a startup pitch competition, held Tuesday at the Rutgers Business School in Piscataway.

The event provided an opportunity for four technology startups to pitch their business models to attendees and a panel of judges.

Fair Haven-based SiLAS has been named the winner of both the Investor Panel Award and the Audience Award, it announced. The company, with support from the National Science Foundation, has created a browser-based software for students and teachers to engage in social scenes using video/audio game controllers to control and track their own 3D avatars.

“It was an honor to have been chosen to pitch and then win at the BullPen. My mentor, Ratan Agarwal, really set my pitch deck up for success. I am extremely excited to now work with Mario Casabona and the TechLaunch team on bringing SiLAS to the next level,” SiLAS CEO Chris Dudick said.

The other presentations were as follows:

  • OnGo Energy: an energy supplement packing the highest concentration of natural caffeine in a sugar-free, liquid spray formula, called OnGo Energy Spray.
  • Scanifly: a drone-based software for solar installers that automates the development and maintenance process.
  • Aersys: a logistics startup developing a network of A.I.-powered infrastructure to support multileg delivery utilizing drones, rovers, traditional vehicles and other technologies. This was a student presentation from Rutgers University.

The 12th BullPen competition was co-hosted by Alfred Blake, the assistant director of undergraduate entrepreneurship at Rutgers University as well as Scarlet Startups, an entrepreneurial community group.

It was sponsored by Gibbons Law, Snagg Software, Withum, Gearhart Law and Casbona Ventures.

“The quality of the presenting companies as well as the outstanding turnout for last night’s BullPen proved an impressive start to 2019. By all measures, we have found our niche in this business and technology ecosystem and I look forward to maintaining TechLaunch’s successful momentum. My thanks to Alfred Blake at Rutgers for his generous support, and also to Clark Lagemann at Scarlet Startups; always a pleasure working with you both,” Mario Casabona, the founder of TechLaunch, said.

The next BullPen is slated for April 24 at Stevens Institute. To apply, click here.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader