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UCSD Student Takes Top Honors For Elevator Pitch

The local startup scene is generating lots of activity, so let’s jump right in. Daniel Lee, the student entrepreneur behind Hush Technology, won the University of California, San Diego’s 2014 Entrepreneur Challenge Elevator Pitch competition, which was held on campus. Lee also took the audience choice award for “most improved pitch,” as well as $500 for his prize-winning pitch. Lee’s fledgling business is working on a “smart” earplug that includes a wireless speaker embedded into regular earplugs, enabling users to sleep when it’s noisy. Women were well represented among the judges. Barbara Bry, chief operating officer of Blackbird Ventures, and Allison Long, president of Crescent Ridge Partners, both San Diego venture firms, were among the judges. … Budding entrepreneurs will have a chance to meet with representatives from 13 business incubators and accelerators in the region at the next meeting of the San Diego Venture Group scheduled for March 20 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Three veteran entrepreneurs who have been through these programs — Al Bsharah of Embarke, Mitch Thrower of Bump Network and Mike Perry of Crisi Medical Systems — are scheduled to be on a panel to discuss their successful experiences with these formal mentoring programs. Details and tickets are at sdvg.org. … To be sure, some entrepreneurs do it without guidance: La Mesa’s Nichole MacDonald has become something of an East County celebrity for her success in transforming the dorky “fanny pack” into what she calls The Sash Bag, which her publicist describes as a fashionable, but practical carryall for women. MacDonald sold $20,000 of bags soon after the design was introduced at a tradeshow in August 2012, her publicist said. Three months later, she said, sales had jumped 300 percent, and she was on her way in the rough-and-tumble retail world. MacDonald sells her creation in many locations nationwide, including various farmers markets in the region. Having the product featured recently on a segment of NBC’s morning “Today” show has also helped the top and bottom lines of her 18-month-old enterprise. … For those who would like to improve their public speaking skills in business settings, I offer the following news item of note. Local business consultant Tom Leech, author of “How To Prepare, Stage & Deliver Winning Presentations,” has announced the second edition of another helpful book for teams tasked with making presentations. This one is called “How to Say it Like Shakespeare: The Bard’s Timeless Tips for Communication Success.” … Till next week.

Contributing Editor Tom York writes the SDBJ Insider. You can reach him via email at tyork@sdbj.com or tom.york@gmail.com.

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