Cognaisent Shines in Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum National Pitch Contest

Cognaisent placed second in a field of 80 startups from across the country at the Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum. The forum and competition were sponsored by the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship, and the forum drew a record 433 attendees to the Dartmouth campus on March 29, 2019.

Cognaisent’s team qualified for the national competition in Hanover, NH by way of the regional competition at DEN Boston where all the participating companies brought excellent pitches and solutions. Arriving in Hanover, they pitched again for a spot in the finals, then one more time in the finals to place second overall, coming away with $10k in in cash as well as AWS service and support credit.

“We’re grateful to DEN-Boston for sponsoring us and the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship for sponsoring such a great event,” said Carla Emmons, COO. “We not only benefited from the pressure of the pitch contest but the sessions we attended and the other entrepreneurs and mentors we were able to connect with during the forum.”

Participants celebrating after the national startup competition final round are, from left, Jamie Coughlin, director of the Magnuson Center; Travis Gere and Heather Gere, founders of third-place winning startup campersAPP; Steve Kahl, faculty director of Tuck’s Center for Entrepreneurship; Justice Amoh’13, Thayer ’13, and Jeff Bemowski, Tuck ’18, founders of grand prize winner Clairways; Ted Pine; Hugh O’Reilly ’86, Jonathan Fisher ’86, and Carla Emmons ’97, creators of second-place finisher Cognaisent; Laura Rippy ’89, Steve Rodgers ’93, and Phil Ferneau ’84, startup competition judges; and Jeff Crowe ’78, Dartmouth trustee and chair of the Magnuson Center. (Courtesy of the Magnuson Center)

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