Entrepreneurial pitch

Students print a prosthetic hand for a childBerry students Josh Cutter and Chris Whitmire “pitched” it out of the park in March at the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference’s Venture Pitch Competition.

The duo, creators of Ambedo, a software platform that creates files to “print” customized 3-D prosthetic hands, bested budding entrepreneurs from such notable schools as the Air Force Academy, University of Florida and Indiana State University in the three-round, two-day competition held at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Cutter and Whitmire won $2,000 and a free chance to compete for one of four $12,500 prizes at Nashville’s 36/86, the Southeast’s premier entrepreneurship conference for founders, technologists, investors and thought leaders nationwide.

Through his creation of the Ninja Fund for Berry’s entrepreneurship program, Jeff Jahn (07C), founder and CEO of DynamiX Web Design of Kennesaw, Ga., funded the participation of the winning team as well as a second Berry duo, Emilee Burroughs and Rob Himmelwright.

Whitmire’s work previously was referenced in a spring 2016 Berry magazine essay by President Steve Briggs entitled, “HackBerry: Just imagine!” At that time, Whitmire had made a customized prosthetic hand with a 3-D printer for a local boy named Matthew (pictured), delivering for only a few hundred dollars what would have cost $10,000 commercially.