Elon senior wins Charlotte Venture Challenge student category

Madison Tamblyn pitched her venture, MadDogg Heat Sleeve, to angel and venture capital investors during the start-up competition.

Madison Tamblyn '16 is named the Charlotte Venture Challenge student category winner.
Elon University senior Madison Tamblyn placed first in the student category of the 15th annual Charlotte Venture Challenge.

Tamblyn pitched MadDogg Heat Sleeve, a single-use coffee heat sleeve she invented to keep coffee at the optimal drinking temperature.

The Charlotte Venture Challenge, a start-up competition for early-stage high growth companies, provides competitors with the opportunity to present ventures to angel and venture capital investors and potential customers.

“Winning this competition was great to have feedback from 200+ venture capitalists, angel investors and entrepreneurs,” said the management major from Cary, N.C. “It was very empowering to speak to a room of professionals who speak the entrepreneurship language and recognized the potential of my product. The praise and interest in my product was overwhelming.”

Tamblyn developed the MadDogg Heat Sleeve over the past year with help from Elon University’s Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Department of Physics and the campus Maker Hub. This past January, she pitched the heat sleeve at the San Francisco ElevatorPitch entrepreneurship event, winning the competition.

In the last couple of months, Tamblyn has registered her business, trademarked the name and created a website.

As the senior readies to graduate next month, she plans to continue developing her venture, which includes launching a crowdfunding campaign on HatchPad, a platform that supports student entrepreneurs.

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