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Pueri Elemental, Moneta win $10,000 each at Perfect Pitch competition

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Published Nov. 23, 2015

The founders of Pueri Elemental and Moneta each won $10,000 during the Perfect Pitch competition Wednesday at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre.

Fifteen entrepreneurial teams from The Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s Harbor Accelerator and the College of Charleston’s Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges in front of 400 attendees.

Jonathan Zucker, president of The InterTech Group; Rebecca Ufkes, president of UEC Electronics; and Patrick Bryant, co-founder of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center and partner in Bidr, Go To Team and Cigar Row, judged the pitches.

Pueri Elemental founder Donna Brin won the entrepreneur competition. The company, which is currently in the Harbor Accelerator program, develops, manufactures and distributes customizable bop bag toys for kids and adults.

Moneta founders Christian Ruppe, Hank Stocker and Jared Kopelman won the student competition. They created a financial tool that allows users to automate financial stability by determining their financial needs and how to meet them.

Dew, an e-commerce platform for locally sourced produce, took second place in the student competition. Founders Katherine Lawson, Leonardo de Melo Joao and Reagan Smith won $500. The other student finalist was Wedding Mashers, founded by Ian Dilling, Lucas Nesi and William Wittich.

The two entrepreneur finalists were harborGood, founded by former University of South Carolina business school dean Hildy Teegen, David Adoff and Tyler Smith, and HomeTrackr, founded by Rich Estes.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Dig South, the Icat program and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center collaborated on the event.

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