Tony Capasso Named 'Best in Class' on Season Finale of STARTUP U

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Startup legend Tim Draper named Tony Capasso "Best In Class" and pledged a substantial investment in his growing business during Thursday's season finale of ABC's Family's unscripted series "Startup U." ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016.

Tony's company, Construction Automation, Inc., provides 3-D printing and robotics solutions for the construction industry, with the ultimate goal of making affordable housing available to everyone who needs it. Out of a class of thirty-five students, Tony was selected "Best in Class" based on the scoring and feedback from premiere venture capitalist Tim Draper and over thirty investors and industry-expert judges. Since Pitch Day and Tim's $250,000 initial investment pledge, Tony has accrued over an additional $550,000 in raised funds and committed capital from other angel investors.

Tony continues to work on his business and has moved to the SILICON VALLEY with his wife and fellow student, Erin Brady Capasso. Erin is currently working at Draper University as Program Manager.

Runner-up Carly Martinetti received an undisclosed investment from Tim for her business, Pretty Litter, which is a revolutionary, low-cost, lightweight kitty litter that monitors a cat's health.

Carly resides in Los Angeles and serves as Pretty Litter's Chief Feline Officer, responsible for assisting marketing, social media, customer satisfaction and product design.

"Startup U" is produced by Ugly Brother Studios, a Sky Vision partner. Mike Duffy, Tim Duffy, Tim Draper, Perry Dance and Ted Iredell serve as executive producers.

Part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC Family (to be renamed Freeform in January 2016) is distributed in 94 million homes. The network entertains and connects to audiences with bold, relatable programming that celebrates the epic adventure of becoming an adult, from first kiss to first kid. The programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. "WATCH ABC Family" (also to be renamed Freeform in January 2016) is an authenticated service which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access to such popular series at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices. The network is also the destination for annual holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas."



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