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UNC Class Startup Takes Third Place in State Competition

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March 29, 2018

A University of Northern Colorado student presentation of a startup business created as part of a Monfort College of Business class at the University of Northern Colorado resulted in a third- place finish in the 2018 University Startup Challenge on March 20 at the University of Denver.

 UNC junior Leah Wallace made a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges in seeking angel and venture capital funding for their app named YUCK, which is designed for college students to request cleaning service for their living spaces. The Communication Studies major competed against students from eight other Colorado colleges and universities. Actual investors also attended.

“She had many people reach out to her after the competition so she is following up with them directly,” said Jay Andersen, instructor of the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Class where the idea for the startup emerged.

Joining Wallace on the team behind the idea are UNC juniors: Alyssa Andrew (Communication Studies), Joey Holmes (Criminal Justice) and Jake Stoll (Business Finance). 

This is the fourth year of the challenge, and the first year UNC has participated. For more about the challenge, visit http://angelcapitalsummit.org/university-challenge/.

More about YUCK

YUCK is an easy, accessible app that allows college students to request cleaning services for the dorms, apartments and houses at the push of a few buttons. Not only is it made for college students but it will be fully employed by them as well, providing flexible jobs and services for the college youth- therefore creating its own sustainable economy.