A graduating senior from Indiana Wesleyan University has brought home top honors and a $5,000 cash prize from a pitch competition for his sports coaching platform ProBook Sports. Company founder Andre Harakas won first place in the Crossroads Collegiate Pitch Competition, hosted by The Mill, a center for coworking and entrepreneurship.
The technology streamlines sports team management by allowing coaches to track and foster athlete development. The software can also help coaches share game videos, set goals for athletes, and communicate with their families.
Harakas said the Crossroads Collegiate prize money will go toward marketing the app this summer.
“ProBook is an outstanding startup with a very bright future,” said Andy Lehman, head of accelerator programming for The Mill.
Each student submitted an executive summary, a pitch deck, and a 10-minute pitch video to a panel of 17 judges of entrepreneurs, investors, and business experts.
It was open to any student currently enrolled at an Indiana university or college with a startup based in Indiana.
“Indiana college students are not just thinking about entrepreneurship; they’re already creating exciting, viable startups, while they’re still in school,” said Lehman. “We were impressed by their innovation, their passion, and their market savvy. ProBook is an outstanding startup with a very bright future.”
Having won first prize, Harakas will now be entering the Elevate Nexus Pitch Competition.
Click here to learn more about the Crossroads Collegiate Competition and to see the other finalists.