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My Guardian Angel Second Runner up at 2016 FastPitch

Layne wins

On March 4, two dozen entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to a panel of six judges and more than 100 audience members at the Creative Coast’s Annual FastPitch event. Three Georgia Southern student teams pitched their ideas from 3 Day Startup (3DS). Once again, Layne Livingston delivered a flawless pitch for My Guardian Angel and fielded questions from the judges and audience members like a pro. Her performance landed the team second runner up overall.

Layne’s team from 3DS joined her during networking hours to talk about how the My Guardian Angel child safety seat accessory works. Computer science major Thomas Carter even created a video demonstrating the device for the team’s display. The team was very supportive and all members waited together in anticipation for the final scores.

Eric Degen, ChapterEase, and Chase Chalker, LFG, also participated in the student entrepreneur category. ChapterEase engaged event-goers by collecting business cards for a t-shirt drawing. ChapterEase plans to use those connections as mentors, reaching out for advice and guidance as they grow.


“It’s wonderful to see how far the students have come in such a short period of time,” said Suzanne Hallman, BIG business advisor. Although the competition has a separate category for students, the Georgia Southern teams delivered as well as, if not better than, some of the seasoned entrepreneurs.

Koios creator Trey Gordner took home the top prize this year with a browser extension that alerts users when books are available at local libraries. The extension is free through participating libraries, and the product is currently being tested in 20 libraries across the country.

Angelina Patel, a junior at Savannah Country Day School, won runner up in the Student category for Savannah Kids Code, an after-school coding program.

The Creative Coast organizes FastPitch each year. The competition provides experience, contacts, coaching and feedback to entrepreneurs. The Business Innovation Group (BIG) facilitates a pitch event specifically for students in the fall and has also partnered with the Ocean Exchange to co-host the BIG Pitch collegiate competition, which is open to university students across the globe.

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