DaBull (pronounced "dabble") was announced as the fifth winner
of Gannon University's Technology Business Accelerator business
pitch event this morning at Gannon's Center for Business Ingenuity.
The winning entrepreneurs received a grant for $10,000; six months
of residency, coaching and strategic mentoring from the Erie
Technology Incubator at Gannon University; legal assistance from
MacDonald Illig and MMI Intellectual Property; and one year of
e-commerce training provided by Ben Franklin Technology Partners'
eMarketing Learning Center.
The startup-led by a Gannon student team that includes Brennan
Moore, Faisal Alqahtani, and Nick Pipitone-received the grant
after successfully pitching their unique social media concept to a
panel of five judges during the last class meeting of the
Accelerator program, which concluded Wednesday evening. The app,
which has been developed on the Gannon campus, will utilize a
proprietary algorithm to connect students with similar social
In describing the most recent Accelerator class, Jeff Parnell,
executive director of the Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon
University, pointed out that, "this extremely competitive and
diverse cohort included 15 businesses and concepts encompassing
software, app development, e-commerce, logistics, manufacturing,
food processing, and healthcare," he said. "The group worked hard
to refine their thought processes, and their well-executed
presentations really challenged the judges to select only one
winner. At the end, DaBull's unique platform, and its potential
appeal, not only to students but also to the colleges themselves,
were key differentiators."
Also recognized at today's event were the three additional
finalists: upscale duck hunting decoy manufacturer Lake Effect
Decoys; food products producer Delectabites; and InnCampus, a
Gannon student-led startup that will enable colleges to monetize
their idle housing assets.
The Accelerator program integrates resources from Gannon's
College of Engineering and Business, Small Business Development
Center, and Erie Technology Incubator, and was created to give
participating entrepreneurs an opportunity to test a new concept,
idea or line of business through the support of the Pennsylvania
Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Program
funding was provided to build capacity statewide to support
Pennsylvania's businesses and to spur creativity and innovation in
the provision of economic development services.
Since its inception in Fall 2014, the Accelerator has now
graduated 63 technology-related entrepreneurial businesses from
across Northwest Pennsylvania.