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September 23, 2015 | Tom Ballard

Guru Skins places third in SEC pitch competition

Guru SkinsA student team from the University of Tennessee (UT) took third place in an entrepreneurial pitch competition that was part of the 2015 “SEC Symposium” held this week in Atlanta.

Yes, SEC stands for the Southeastern Conference and, ironically, the program for this year’s two-day  event that started during “Gator Week” was organized by the University of Florida under the theme of “Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Driving a 21st Century Economy.”

The UT team was comprised of three MBA students – Jake Rheude, Dustin Giltnane and John Born  – who pitched Guru Skins. They placed third behind two Ph.D. student teams from Texas A & M University (the winner) and the University of Arkansas (second place). Click here to learn more about the pitch event.

The competition included teams from each of the SEC’s 14 universities presenting their ideas to a panel of SEC alumni judges in two preliminary rounds. The top three teams moved on to the final round, where they presented their plans to a different set of judges and all SEC Symposium attendees.

UT was represented in the preliminary judging by David Stevens, Founder of Accredo Health. Click here to see a list of the other judges.

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