University Team Focusing on Articulation Disorders Takes Home Grand Prize at Global Entrepreneurship Pitchfest Competition

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

MagTrack, from Georgia Tech, won first place at the inaugural TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) University Global Pitchfest Competition held on May 9 in Silicon Valley, California.TiE Global President Nitin Rai (Left) presents Rebecca Royster (middle) and Nordine Sebkhi (right) of Team MagTrack first place at TYE-U Global Pitchfest.

MagTrack found a solution to improve the quality of life for people with articulation disorders through technological innovation.

Led by Georgia Tech students Nordine Sebkhi and Rebecca Royster, MagTrack also won the Technology Innovation prize. The team is a part of the university's TI:GER program.

"We are thrilled for MagTrack's success and very proud of Nordine and Rebecca," said Dr. Paul Lopez, president of TiE Atlanta and founder of TYE University. "Congratulations to them for their innovative solution, and kudos for the direction and time invested in by TiE Atlanta’s entrepreneurs who mentored MagTrack to refine and present a perfect pitch. This is truly a testament to the importance of mentorship, no matter what stage an entrepreneur might be in."

MagTrack mentors include Tim Olzer of Lending Science, Karen Rands of Kugarands Capital Holdings, and Jim Beach, an international keynote speaker and best-selling author.

The team is a part of the 2019 class of TiE Atlanta's TYE program, the signature youth entrepreneurship program that supports high school and university students. The program supports youth entrepreneurs through strategic mentorship and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders.

TYE High School launched in 2009 to support high school students interested in entrepreneurship. It expanded into universities in 2013. Since then, the university program has brought together 130 teams, 150 students across 18 Georgia Universities, and 50 coaches and mentors since its inception.

The award-winning high school and university programs are led by TiE Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that fosters entrepreneurship through mentoring, funding, education and, networking.