DC Venture Lab Participants

Davidson College Venture Lab ideas span diverse industries as well as for-profit and nonprofit business models. Learn more about the visions and ventures of current and past DC Venture Lab participants below.

2016 Participants

Davidson Venture Fund participants split their time between several North Carolina-based companies and the European Innovation Academy in Nice, France.

Participating Organizations:

  • Punch Technologies
  • Estalea
  • ACTA Wireless
  • ProctorFree
  • VersaMe
  • European Innovation Academy. 

Participating Students:

  • Will Byrd '17
  • Dakota Morlan '17
  • Jason Oteng-Nyame '17
  • Cullen MacDowell '18
  • Philip Yu '16

2015 Participants

Brooke Brazer '16

While participating in the Venture Lab Brooke Brazer '16 developed Pantrea, a multifaceted platform that connects young women with certified Teen Life coaches.

"Our goal is to empower and inspire young women by helping build their self-esteem, support their aspirations, and foster their personal development," she said. "We focus on the flourishing of the individual and serve as an advocate during this critical stage in a woman’s life."

Pantrea in the news: College Students in the Business of Social Change

2014 Participants

Andy Baay '17

Michael DiSimone ‘15

Andy and Michael spent their time in the Venture Lab developing Crossfaded, a program that improves the music listening experience. The name "Crossfaded" comes from the component on a DJ's mixer that transitions one song into another seamlessly.

"We want to create a more unified listening experience for everyone playing their music," they said. "Whether at an impromptu party, grinding out work in the office, or doing your daily workout, Crossfaded musical transitions keep you focused and provide a unique way to listen to your music."

2013 Participants

Joe Morrison '14

Tori Mayernick '14

One of the first two Venture Lab participants from Davidson, Joe developed Pax Backpacks, a company that creates fashionable, domestically manufactured backpacks with timeless designs that appeal to high school and college students. For every backpack sold, the company donates 22 percent of the profit to a community partner working to help disadvantaged students succeed in school. The reason for the odd percentage donation is simple: 22 percent of children growing up in the U.S. are living in poverty.

PAX Backpacks in the news: Students, Alumni, and College Embrace Venture Challenges as Paths Toward Dreams

That same year, Tori worked to evolve and expand Hives for Lives, a student-run nonprofit that sells local, natural honey to raise money for cancer research. "Our mission is to educate youth about entrepreneurship by allowing them to run their own business and to demonstrate through a hands-on approach that business can be a force for good," Tori said.

Hives for Lives in the News: New Scholarship Honors Avinger '60 by Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs