Students Pitch Solutions for Local Business at Innovation Challenge

Group presentation

On Sunday, March 19th, HC Launch hosted its first in-person Innovation Challenge event since the pandemic. It was also Launch’s first event in the newly-built Prior Performing Arts Center.  The challenge was coordinated with a local business, Giesel Software Inc. (GSI), and some of the real-world problems they are facing.  Students pitched in response to one of two challenges; 1) to develop a product or 2) propose a real-estate solution for a rapidly growing business.

GSI’s CEO and founder, Brian Giesel, sat on the judging panel, along with alums Will Spangenberg ‘22 and Ted Pidcock ‘88.

The first-place team, consisting of Elias Berhane ‘23, Christopher Fashek ‘23, and Brennan Hilger ‘23, impressed the judges with their creative solution to help prevent violent crime in public spaces using existing infrastructure. 


1st Place for $1,000: Violence Detection Software
Elias Berhane ’23, Christopher Fashek ’23, Brennan Hilger ’23

2nd Place for $500: Property Growth Approach for Geisel
Christian Doscas ’25, Michael Daly ’25

3rd Place for $250: Memory Hub
Marie James ’24, Katie Stathoulopoulos ’24

Finally, the event concluded with an opportunity to network and enjoy a fantastic spread courtesy of Worcester’s own Wholly Cannoli.