Mike Ilitch School of Business Alum Brittany McGee wins $750 in a stock pitch competition

Brittany McGee (center), founder of OptimizeEV, stands next to Stefan Sysko (left), co-founder of Betterly AI and the MC for the event, and Dawn Batts, TechTown’s director of growth capital.Brittany McGee, a Mike Ilitch School of Business alum won second place in a stock pitch competition hosted by Start Studio Discovery at Tech Town Detroit and took home $750 to invest in her company OptimizeEV.

Start Studio Discovery is an entry-level program that helps entrepreneurs with tech-based business ideas, test the viability of their technology and do customer discovery in the process. Twelve finalists in the Start Studio showcase were asked to pitch their company idea to a panel of judges for three grand prizes and a people’s choice award.

McGee was encouraged to participate in the program by Jeff Stoltman, the director of entrepreneurship and innovation programs at the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

McGee will invest her prize money into her company, OptimizeEV to create an MVP which will simulate how her products will work from both a network and software perspective.

“Partnering with Tech Town Detroit and other startup accelerators will help me in the future as it will provide me with the resources needed to continue building the start up. Tech Town Detroit has provided contacts to decision makers in the mobility/EV space which I have benefited from - I'm even meeting with a very popular EV/energy company next week,” McGee said.


-Jannet Hurtado-Blanco

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