Company named top emerging company at NAWBO’s PropelHer Pitch Competition
Orlando, Fla. (April 25, 2023) – Another UCF Business Incubation Program client has captured the top prize at a local pitch competition.
FlowIntell, a biotech startup working on a screening device for endometriosis, won first place in the emerging category.
“These types of programs can really help entrepreneurs refine their message and how they present the company to investors and customers in the future,” says Carol Ann Dykes Logue, director, programs & operations, Innovation Districts & Incubation Program, University of Central Florida. “It’s very impressive to win a pitch competition so early in the life of the company, but FlowIntell has an innovative solution to a big problem impacting so many women.”
FlowIntell was founded in July by Jessica King to create a screening for markers of endometriosis, a condition in which cells similar to the lining of the uterus, or endometrium, grow outside the uterus.
The company is a result of King’s capstone project while earning her master’s degree in bioengineering at Harvard College. She also has additional master’s degrees in physics and engineering from the University of Central Florida.
The PropelHer Pitch Competition provides an opportunity for women business owners to showcase their businesses or business concepts, competing for cash prizes and in-kind services.
In addition to this win, FlowIntell was a semifinalist in the 2023 Crummer Venture Plan Competition.
“It’s such a fantastic feeling to have your business concept confirmed by organizations like NAWBO and Rollins College in their pitch competitions,” King says. “It’s been quite a journey this first year as we get closer to helping the one in 10 women who suffer from this very painful condition.”
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About the UCF Business Incubation Program: The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has provided vital business development resources resulting in over 300 local startup companies reaching their potential faster and graduating into the community where they continue to grow and positively impact the local economy.
With eight facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. For the 2017/2018 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped to sustain more than 6,725 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of over $725 million on regional GDP and over $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned more than $12.00 in state and local taxes for every $1.00 invested in the program. In addition, for every $1.00 of public investment the firms also produced $118 of additional regional GDP and $226 of regional sales. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.