Keller Takes Home $5000 Grand Prize at IdeaLabs Competition
April 01, 2016
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – University of Mount Union senior Brad Keller ’16, a marketing major, of Findlay, Ohio, took home the $5000 prize for finishing first in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) IdeaLabs business idea competition held at John Carroll University on Thursday, March 31.
The purpose of the EEC is to provide practical, experiential and theoretical education to students in Northeast Ohio to prepare them to become entrepreneurs, create new ventures and jobs and build wealth for the region.
“IdeaLabs was the culmination of everything that I’ve worked toward in the entrepreneurship program,” said Keller. “It was an amazing experience to be able to represent Mount Union in a regional competition.”
Keller’s idea is called “The Mulery”, which is a manufacturer of bottled prepared “Moscow Mule” drinks. This is the first time that any Mount Union individual or team has received a first-place finish in the competition.
The competition pits the winners of idea competitions at a number of Northeast Ohio schools each Spring against each other, Keller’s idea came from the Fall “Raider Tank” session.
The Raider Tank competition is held each semester and is based off of the hit ABC show Shark Tank. It gives students the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, or sharks, made up of Mount Union alums with a background in entrepreneurship.
“This is a big win for Mount Union and for the University’s entrepreneurship program,” said John Myers, entrepreneur-in-residence at Mount Union.
“I owe a lot of what I’ve accomplished, both personally and professionally, to Mount Union’s entrepreneurship program and the business department as a whole,” Keller said. “[Prof.] Mike Kachilla, John Myers, and Matt Stinson have been the best mentors I could ask for. All of them have been extremely
supportive of even my craziest ideas and have helped motivate me to become the person I am today.”