2013 Gull Cage Competition
Grand Prize ($4,000)
L to R: Bill Burke, Competiton Director, Mac Baldwin, Lori Defnet, Brendan Guihan, Nicholas Simpson, Nicholas Neuman and Anthony Zangara
The first annual Gull Cage winners were as follows:
First place and $4,000 went to Quikshakes. Second place and $3,000 went to Bounce, a mobile app connecting nightlife providers with consumers. The app was created by junior Nicholas Simpson, a business management major from Ellicott City, and his business partner, Ryan Nuzum, a West Virginia University graduate. Third place and $2,000 went to Chesapeake Bioheat, an alternative home heating solution developed by senior Richard Baldwin, a business management major from Berlin, and junior Lori Defnet, an accounting and information systems major from Poolsville. Fourth place and $1,000 went to FedXmas, a Christmas tree delivery service imagined by sophomore Brendan Guihen, a communication arts major from Silver Spring.
All four teams also moved on to the Bernstein Achievement Award for Excellence, a business plan competition, which gave them the chance to present full details to judges that afternoon.