In May, sopho­more busi­ness major Max Kilb com­mitted an unthink­able act: he forgot Mother’s Day. Yet instead of wal­lowing in despair, Kilb used the expe­ri­ence as inspi­ra­tion to launch an online gift sched­uling web­site called I Remem­bered It.

What if I could just have someone order flowers for me?” Kilb recalled thinking. “This will make sure so nobody misses events and feels the way I did.”

Kilb, who launched the web­site with class­mates Stephanie Zhang and Sam Robinson, pre­sented the busi­ness idea to fac­ulty, stu­dents and entre­pre­neurs at the Fall 2011 Husky Startup Chal­lenge Demo Day in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ball­room last Thursday.

The chal­lenge, run by the Entre­pre­neurs Club, marks the cul­mi­na­tion of semester-​​long boot camps and net­working events aimed at helping stu­dents turn their busi­ness ideas into thriving com­pa­nies. The activ­i­ties taught stu­dents the ins and outs of market analysis, product design and securing a viable busi­ness model.

The Husky Startup Chal­lenge has enabled stu­dents to turn their busi­ness ideas into real ven­tures,” said chal­lenge director Cory Bolotsky. “Demo Day gives us the oppor­tu­nity to cel­e­brate stu­dent inno­va­tion at North­eastern University.”

Sev­en­teen student-​​run ven­tures pre­sented on Demo Day, including World Wide Women, a travel web­site tai­lored specif­i­cally to women; Notely, a ser­vice that takes notes during stu­dents’ classes and com­piles fancy weekly packets; and A Face For Me, a dating web­site that helps make first meet­ings more successful.

Notely and A Face For Me were named first– and second-​​place win­ners by a panel of judges. World Wide Women was named “audi­ence favorite.”  All three earned cash prizes to help accel­erate their businesses.

Sebas­tian Dominguez, a junior busi­ness major with con­cen­tra­tions in finance and entre­pre­neur­ship, show­cased his ven­ture called eWait­erApp, which would allow restau­rant cus­tomers to look up reviews of menu items, flag down their waiters and even send their orders to the servers themselves.

eWaiter would not replace the waiter, but would make the dining expe­ri­ence much more inter­ac­tive and effi­cient for both cus­tomers and restau­rant staff, Dominguez explained. “This would help increase cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion,” he said.