Graduate Student Earns First Place Honors in FastPitch Competition

(April 7, 2015) — Andy Cabistan, an ambitious Professional Communication and Leadership graduate student at Armstrong, recently scored a first place win in the student entrepreneur category in the 2015 FastPitch competition, which identifies him as a promising force in Savannah's professional community.

Highly competitive, the battle of wits pitted 20 teams from various state colleges against each another, allotting each group three minutes to pitch an idea for a business venture that would solve a community problem. The winner was chosen by a group of local leaders, academics and investors.

“We were up against Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Savannah College of Art and Design,” says Andy of the March 5th event. “They were all really good.”

Wowed by the first presentation, Andy was nervous, but prepared as he proposed TURBEE - a catchy take on the word turbo – as a delivery service that would ease the process of transporting items to friends, family, and businesses in local communities through a mobile app. The idea was born on a day when Andy was in need himself, arriving at an important intramural soccer game only to realize he had left his shoes at his apartment.

So when Andy, who previously served as Armstrong's Student Government Association president while earning a B.S. in Economics, and fellow classmate Casey Herrington were charged with creating a business model in their entrepreneurship class last November, they joined forces to make Andy's idea a reality.

With assistance from their professors -- Bob Lee, Richard McGrath and Dennis Barber -- the two students developed a plan.

“They helped us put together a good business model,” says Andy of the trio who worked with them extensively, even after hours, to see that they accomplished their goals. “They're doing it because they want to see us succeed.”

Armed with a cash prize of $650 that will go towards incorporating TURBEE, as well as legal and trademark fees, and upcoming meetings with investors and legal counsel, Andy and Casey, who is responsible for business logistics, will launch a local test run of the product they developed in one of Armstrong's classrooms.

“I can talk about Armstrong forever,” says Andy affectionately of the college he holds near and dear. “All of my family is in Coast Rica. I consider Armstrong my second family.”