Islander Entrepreneurs to Pitch Business Designs at Buc Days Ideas Challenge

Published: February 05, 2016

Islander Entrepreneurs to Pitch Business Designs at Buc Days Ideas Challenge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Three finalist groups made up of students in the College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will perform a live pitch of their entrepreneurial ideas for a panel of celebrity judges as part of the Buc Days Ideas Challenge Showcase. The pitch will take place during the 2016 Buc Days Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the American Bank Center.

The Buc Days Ideas Challenge is a business concept competition open to students at the Island University. The program provides a way to test business ideas, technology or innovations in a competitive setting.  The three finalist groups were selected by COB entrepreneurial faculty and friends and supporters of the COB and the Buc Days Commission as having developed the most promising innovations and entrepreneurial concepts from a pool of more than 40 entries.

The three student finalist groups and their entrepreneurial ideas are:

  • Islander Book Exchange (IBE) is described as a new and innovative way to acquire textbooks in the form of a mobile application. It was developed by students Charles Saunders, Maria Cabrera, Derek Sudderth and Zachary Salinas. IBE strives to solve a popular problem among college students—expensive textbooks—by allowing students to trade, buy and sell used textbooks within the student campus community.
  • The Quick Clip Reminder was idea developed by students Shelby Polasek and Vanessa Galindo that aims to prevent the sometimes fatal mistake of forgetting a child in an unattended vehicle. The Quick Clip Reminder, which is a universal seat belt attachment with built in audio recorder, allows users to record messages that will automatically play back once the seatbelt is unbuckled.
  • The Mobile Fitness Network, developed by student Derek Drozd, is an online platform that enables the everyday working individual to book in-home training from qualified fitness professional at an affordable price. For fitness professionals, the Mobile Fitness Network, will eliminate the revenue percentage split with gyms, and for clients, will offer affordable training in a less-intimidating environment – their home.

The winner of the Buc Days Ideas Challenge receives $3,000, a one-year membership to the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center Student Incubator, and acceptance as a Top 40 semi-finalist in the Raymond Ideas Challenge at Texas A&M University-College Station.


If you go:

2016 Buc Days Scholarship Luncheon

Tickets and sponsorships still available

Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

American Bank Center, Henry Garrett Ballroom

For More Information: 361.882.3242; or email

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Buccaneer Commission Scholarship Program