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The Bronco Startup Challenge is a business competition designed to encourage students from different backgrounds, specialties, and expertise to create a unified vision. From ideation to business plan and beyond, the competition is designed to grow the horizons of innovative students. It is about startups, young and innovative companies who aim to disrupt and change the status quos.

The 2018 Bronco Startup Challenge was held on May 17th, 2018. Ten finalists presented their businesses to judges and audience to compete for over $10,000 in prize money.


  • 1st Place ($10,000) + Crowd Favorite ($500) - Fantom - In collaboration with NASA engineers, innovated the structure of a fan based upon an existing NASA wing technology.
  • 2nd Place ($3,000) - DROWT – Contaminated water in remote locations can be made useable with the Decentralized Off-Grid Water Treatment system. College of Engineering students behind DROWT use solar power to treat up to 90 gallons of water a day with no carbon footprint.
  • 3rd Place ($1,500) - Quants – Vegans can enjoy delicious treats with regular doorstep delivery thanks to Quants. Whether it be for convenience or nutrition, subscription-based meal delivery services are surging in popularity. Quants looks to fill a market void with its boxed vegan bakery.
  • Cal Poly Eats – The motto for the classroom food delivery service is, “Never Learn Hungry.” Uber Eats goes to college would be one way to describe the application currently in development stages. Users choose from a list of available on-campus dining options to be delivered to his or her classroom. For a surcharge, another student will wait in line before bringing hassle-free cuisine to a predetermined meeting spot.
  • Eventbot – Event planners know the importance of having complete measurements of a venue, but the expense of surveying prevents it from being practical at many locations. Eventbot is a palm-sized solution to measuring locations capable of scanning an area in minutes. With one visit, planners can view and cost-effectively record every detail for later use.
  • Zaluma – Fashionistas with a penchant for entertainment can use Zaluma to simultaneously feed both passions. The application allows users to directly select an item being worn on a television show or movie, then searches online for where to buy the clothing at the lowest price.
  • E-Plushies – Traditional stuffed animals are getting a technology update with the help of E-Plushies. The smart toy redefines companionship by offering a customizable list of options to tailor the interactive experience based on age and interest.
  • QartonTech – Savvy shoppers looking to save more money have a new tool to use with QartonTech. The mobile application scans a barcode, then cross-references among online retailers for up-to-the-minute pricing. No barcode to scan? QartonTech can also search based on a photo of the product.
  • Hy-Stack – Hydroponic gardening made efficiently and easy is what Hy-Stack hopes to accomplish. The modular grow system can be tailored to individual needs with a variety of options and attachments. In addition to being self-contained, Hy-Stack is designed with a minimal footprint.
  • Flatlay – Users can easily build digital shops in minutes with the application Flatlay. The credit-based system provides a point for every dollar spent and five for every dollar other users spend on your collection. The platform also allows brands to see and connect with influencers.


  • Tyrone Howard
    CEO & Founder of Get Social, Strategic Partner of Innovate Pasadena
  • Ryan Williams
    CEO & Founder of Ryma Medical, President of Etac North America
  • Kiem Tjong
    Board Member of Pasadena Angels
  • Farhana Haque
    Technical Program Manager at Facebook
  • Bryan Thornbury
    Founder of Coherence API & Founder of Mjozosoft Apps