Mount Union Takes Home Second Place, $1,500 at ENT Immersion Week
August 10, 2017
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Mount Union was well-represented at the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s (EEC) annual Entrepreneurship Immersion Week, held July 31 – August 4 at Cleveland State University.
The event is sponsored annually by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation out of Hudson, Ohio.
Mount Union’s team was comprised of: Alyssa Adams ’20, a neuroscience major of Mentor, Ohio, Allie Bennett ’19, a management and art double major of Carrollton, Ohio, Steven Kachilla ’17, a public relations major of Alliance, Ohio and Hunter Mattern ’19, a neuroscience major of Wellsville, Ohio.
The group met for the first time on the first day of the competition and had four days to find a problem, identify a solution and organize their information to present a viable idea. The group’s idea was geared at helping treat people with autism, and the group is still working on this idea even after the competition has ended.
"Immersion week was a unique experience that I was glad to be a part of,” said Kachilla. “In just a short week we were able to create something awesome. We represented Mount in the fun spirit that we are known for. I learned so much from Immersion week and I highly recommend this for anyone who's interested."
The group was in frequent communication with Mount Union’s own Dr. Kristine Turko, associate professor of psychology, neuroscience and human development and director of the Spectrum Education Center, a leading researcher from MIT and faculty from Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design, to put together the best idea for their problem.
“Our team exemplified the entrepreneurial concepts we hope all students learn and add to their skill set,” said John Myers, entrepreneur-in-residence at Mount Union. “They even upheld the Mount Union traditions of having fun, being friendly to the other students, and working hard to put together a great idea and an even better presentation.”
Mount Union’s teams have had the honor of placing in the top three out of 11 schools for three years in a row. Some of the competitors included Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, The University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace University and others.
"Entrepreneurship Immersion week was an eye-opening experience that made me realize being an entrepreneur wasn't just something I read about in text books," Mattern said. "It was amazing to be a part of a team which was so passionate about our idea and worked together so well to create it."
For more information about the entrepreneurial studies program at Mount Union, visit mountunion.edu/entrepreneurship.