The Shidler College of Business sent a team called SmarTummy to represent the University of Hawaii in Chapman University’s California Dreamin’ Investor and Fast Pitch Competition in Orange, California on April 26 and 27. This by-invitation-only event drew 25 top universities from around the country for the chance to win $230,000 in prizes.
The five-man SmarTummy team pitched their business idea for a company that markets the first-of-its-kind abdominal simulators that are designed to train students in abdominal palpation exams. The team knocked out 11 other schools, successfully qualifying for the semi-final round, despite the fact that the business is very early-stage. Competition judges imparted that they were impressed by the team’s composition and commitment.
SmarTummy team member David Yarber said, “It was an honor to represent UH. The chance to pitch in front of well-known angels and VCs built my confidence for the future, and made me believe that I’m closer to success than I thought.”