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Students from San Diego, Tijuana Compete for $100K in Seed Money

Student entrepreneurs from the University of San Diego and universities in Tijuana will compete for $100,000 cash at a “Shark Tank-like” competition Thursday.

The event, called the 2016 VT Entrepreneur Competition, will feature pitches from four USD entrepreneurs and four entrepreneurs from universities in Mexico. The groups will pitch their ideas to a panel of angel investors, San Diego business owners, fellow students, and V2 judges. Students will be judged on the potential success of their venture and ability to be an entrepreneur.

Chosen from more than 100 submissions, the eight startups presenting pitches this year are:

Lacy: Lacy is a bra washing machine (patent pending) that carefully protects bras and delicates from the damage they normally endure during traditional washing methods.

FoldedColor: Technology startup FoldedColor is an e-commerce solution for custom printed packaging, offering standard and customizable folding carton options through a web-to-print interface that includes instant pricing, an intuitive design editor, virtual 3D proofing and online checkout.

TechMeetsTrader: TechMeetsTrader makes it easy to capitalize on investment opportunities and to learn from experienced traders.

Like Cats and Dogs: Like Cats and Dogs produces a safe pet toy for both cats and dogs.

Agrosol: Agrosol offers a fertilization, fumigation and geographical scanning system performed by drones.

Baja Saver: Baja Saver generates clean and cheap energy through a product as small as a home refrigerator that is 100 percent self-sufficient, more effective than wind and solar systems and a better return on investment.

Ñapanga: Ñapanga produces and distributes a microbrew with a female focus.

FXR: FXR is an app used to request certified professional services for home repair and maintenance.

The event takes place April 28 from 5-9 p.m. on the USD campus in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

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