Opus Affinity's First Success!


On February 20th, 2019, Opus Affinity attended and competed in the University of North Georgia’s first annual pitch competition InnovateUNG. One of six teams competing, Opus Affinity took the first place prize in the competition, winning 2000 dollars and the chance to compete on the state level at Georgia Tech’s Inventure pitch competition. Not only does this represent further opportunities for our startup, but also gave us excellent feedback to review and push forward with. Opus Affinity intends to seek as much feedback and networking as possible to ensure a smooth launch this year.

With our first pitch competition won, Opus Affinity looks to attend and compete in several competitions over the next two months including Inventure and TYE’s pitch competition, the fifth biggest private competition and startup organization in the country based out of Silicon Valley. Although the next competitions look to be at a larger scale, our team is still very proud to have participated and worked towards a win within our community and school before we begin competing against other schools and startups within the state.

Caleb Hearn and Sam Herrera after winning first place of InnovateUNG

Caleb Hearn and Sam Herrera after winning first place of InnovateUNG


As we go forward, Opus Affinity would like to thank the many people who have pushed us here and will continue to mentor our future success. Dr. Ruben Boling, the director of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNG, not only gave us the oppurtunity to compete by setting up the event, but also gave us essential feedback and guidance over our direction and multiple opportunities for the business. Mike Hearn, serial entrepreneur and CEO of In Home Services and Artisan Elements L.L.C, gave crucial mentorship and cultivated ideas that led to the development of our strategy and how we presented our business model. Lastly, Rich Wagner, the C.E.O. of Datascape, Inc., provided excellent mentoring towards our presentation and has helped prepare us to scale to the next competitions and prepare for initial investment.

We also want to give a special thanks to Mr. Blair Housley of Etowah Meadery, our first startup partner, for sponsoring our business and presentation and being our first partner to begin scaling into a real business

Read our spotlight at: https://ung.edu/news/articles/2019/02/team-of-students-advances-to-state-startup-contest-after-winning-innovateung.php