Students from San Diego and Latin America Compete for $30K in Seed Funding at USD’s V2 Competition

Thursday, April 20, 2017TOPICS: Innovation and EntrepreneurshipConferences and Workshops

University of San Diego students and the top student entrepreneurs from Baja California and Universidad ORT in Uruguay will compete for a total of $30,000 in cash and in-kind support in the 2017 V2 (Venture Vetting) Entrepreneur Competition on May 4. The event takes place from 5-9 p.m. in USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

The V2 Pitch Competition is the opportunity for teams of students to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges including actual angel investors, San Diego business owners and fellow students. Students will be judged on the potential success of their venture and ability to be an entrepreneur.

Chosen from more than 70 submissions, a selection of the start-up companies presenting pitches this year are:


Happy Spoon, a new restaurant finder app can instantly provide a list of restaurants and plates that match user's specific requirements. Once the user launches Happy Spoon, the user will able to fill out their specific meal preferences through an easy-to-use preference menu.

Trash Tracker

A company that makes devices that are attached to garbage trucks in order to collect data on how much trash/recycling/green waste that each house produces. That data is then used to provide waste collection companies with an increase in operational efficiency and to help change recycling behaviors among residents in order to increase recycling rates and provide those waste collection companies with an increase in revenue.

Global Seller Holdings

A portfolio of companies serving the logistics needs of ecommerce sellers on a global scale. The portfolio contains: FBAforward, The Global Shipper, The Global Broker and The Global Mailbox, with additional ancillary service companies slotted for future development 


A B2B platform where companies can hire and sell services without using money, transforming their excess capacity into needed services, reducing cost of sales and increasing international exposure.


A platform for purchasing and selling college books (mostly used), helping students find all the books they need for their classes with speed and at an accessible price. Students can also sell books that that they don’t need and reinvest in new ones or simply earn extra money. 


The first transaction-based platform that connects medical services in Mexico to users in the United States. Envimed provides quality medical tourism at a low price.

The keynote speaker will be Felena Hanson ’95 BBA (Business Administration), founder of Hera Hub a co-working space where entrepreneurial women can create and collaborate in a professional, productive, spa-like environment.

V2 is an exciting night where students are able to turn their business ideas into reality. Previous winners have gone on to raise almost $2 million in additional funding, making the competition a launching pad for entrepreneurial success.

Register for the free event.


Amy Schmitz
(619) 260-4658