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SLU Sophomores on Startup Weekend St. Louis Winning Team

Each year, Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs from around the area to pitch their ideas on a Friday night and build a business by Sunday night.

This weekend, more than 120 entrepreneurs gathered at T-REX in downtown to participate in this annual event. For the past two years, SLU students and recent alumni have had a seat at the table, despite that the average age of participants is 30+ and not many college students.

This year, two John Cook School of Business sophomores, Austin Smith and Byron Abrigg, were on the first place team with DiversifyUs, an app that helps companies or universities make connections beyond their current network. The St. Louis Business Journal recently posted an article on the winning app, here.

Both Smith and Abrigg are part of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s most exclusive club on campus, Diamond in the Rough, dedicated to full-time undergraduate students who are also business owners.

The winning team from StartUp Weekend 2013 had SLU representation through Tyler Sondag, a recent graduate who also works in the Center for Entrepreneurship. The winning business, Invisible Girlfriend was recently in the news for its continued growth. 

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