Great Eight Competition

Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum at Florida Poly

Inspired by the popular television show “Shark Tank,” Great 8 is an annual pitch competition where Florida Poly students present their latest entrepreneurial ideas before a panel of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals. Great 8 gives students a platform to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and show them there’s a pathway to becoming an entrepreneur.

“I am really impressed with the way the students were able to take real problems and develop technology that would solve them. I see potential in a lot of these products to make it to the next level.” – Meg Bellamy, Executive Director of Catapult

The winner of Great 8 advances to the Governor’s Cup, a prestigious statewide pitch competition with other Florida universities. Since 2016, Florida Poly students have won more than $30,000 for their entrepreneurial ideas.

2019 Great 8 Participants

Florida Poly student pitches project to panel of judges.
Florida Polytechnic University senior Michael Jernigan presenting the winning project SynapCare to the panel of judges during the Great Eight competition held March 16 at the Innovation, Science and Technology building in Lakeland, Florida.

Combat Innovation

A “smart” tourniquet designed to identify when a soldier has been shot to apply pressure immediately. Presented by: Michael Jernigan ’19, Electrical Engineering, Chelsea Reeves ’20, Electrical Engineering, and Bryce Palmer ’22 Computer Science

SynapCare

A consumer device that uses EEG signals to read a user’s mental state to help provide mental health solutions. Presented by: Michael Jernigan ’19, Electrical Engineering, and Chelsea Reeves ’20, Electrical Engineering

InstaList

A device that helps authenticate jewelry and list it online using machine vision and other sensing technology. Presented by: John Sarnecky ’19, Mechanical Engineering, and Andre Ripley ’19, Computer Engineering

OpenSpot

An app that connects current drivers who are occupying parking spots to drivers seeking parking spots through a mini-bid system. Presented by:Jestin Cherian ’19, Computer Science

Crace Tech

New “smart” connected device for consumer entertainment that enhances brand exposure for alcohol companies. Presented by: Chris Mattice ’21 Mechanical Engineering

Textala

A software where students can rent a custom portion of a school textbook for a low price. Presented by:  Brandon Rubio ’21, Computer Engineering

OlympiAId

A real-time presentation feedback platform that allows instructors to increase student outcomes including using proprietary artificial intelligence technology. Presented by: Austin Lubetkin ’19, Computer Science

Stylized AI

A smart mirror that gives personalized clothing recommendations for individuals using artificial and augmented reality. Presented by: Djuan Gayle ’20, Computer Engineering, Nicolee Brown, ’20 Computer Science, and Jenario Johnson,’19 Electrical Engineering

2018 Great 8 Winners

First Place: Insta-List

Male student presenting in front of whiteboardA device that helps authenticate jewelry and list it online using machine vision and other sensing technology. Presented by: John Sarnecky ’19, Mechanical Engineering, and Andre Ripley ’19, Computer Engineering

Second Place: Logentix

A product that provides predictive analytics for meal delivery and logistics companies. Presented by: Randy Lopez ’18, Mechanical Engineering

Third Place: VR CSI Trainer

A virtual reality crime scene simulator for detective training. Presented by: Alex Maier ’20, Computer Science and Omar Montesinos ’20, Computer Science

Get Involved in Entrepreneurship at Florida Poly

Interested in learning more about Florida Poly’s entrepreneurship opportunities? Contact Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator Justin Heacock for more information.