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Lee Prize winners will debut their ideas in an interactive virtual conference to investors, manufacturers, industry end-users, and the public. The Lee Prize was created to help the hospitality, entertainment, and travel industries recover from COVID-19 pandemic. Finalist ideas range from one-time-use recyclable bedsheets to fleets of cleaning robots, virus-capturing HVAC systems and, app-based work scheduling software that simplifies job sharing, and tools to oversee employee and customer flow to simplify social distancing.
The free event is open to the public and will bring investors together to preview the six finalists as well as semifinalists and other innovators that are working to help the hospitality, entertainment, and travel industries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to presentations from the finalists and announcing how the $1 million Lee Prize will be dispersed among the winners, Demo Day attendees can explore a virtual exhibit hall, connect with the finalist and semifinalist in virtual lounge, and set up individual meetings with the innovators to discuss investment in the companies or to set up beta test environments or purchase products that are ready for market.
The goal is for the Lee School Prize innovators to leave the day with all the tools they need to speed their ideas to market to maximize their positive impact in the shortest amount of time.