Student pitch perfect in winning CMU competition

A student who’s developed a device to keep stringed instruments in tune was pitch perfect at an annual competition at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Aaron Frick won the finals of an elevator pitch competition conducted as part of Entrepreneurship Day at CMU.

Frick created Frick-In Tune, a patent pending device to keep guitars and other stringed instruments in tune.

Brandon VandenBosch, Rikki Cook and Sam Seirs finished second in the competition for Catio, a litter box and perch that attaches to a window. The product is deigned to help car owners keep litter off floors and furniture.

Austin Rickstrew and Danielle Fleig placed third for an application to help people care for elderly and disabled family members.

Georgann Jouflas, a business instructor who coordinates student involvement in the elevator pitch competition, said she’s always impressed by the products and services presented at the event.

“Each year I am so proud of the concepts and courage students demonstrate as they sell their ideas to the area business community,” Jouflas said. “Several have gone on to commercialize their ideas, which is really what this entire event is all about. If our business department can help a student bring their idea to life and use it to make a living while making the world a better place, then we are truly meeting our mission at CMU.”