Raider Tank Winners Awarded

April 06, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Several students were awarded for their outstanding business ideas and projects at the annual Raider Tank competition at the University of Mount Union.

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 year, a number of presentations were given by students to the panel of judges over a wide variety of topics, including: medical supplies, beer taps, artwork, athletic gear and 3D printing and prosthetics.

First place winner Mackenzie Shivers a marketing and management major of Salem, Ohio, was awarded $600 for her product “SafeStick.” Second place was give to Brad Keller, a marketing major of Findlay, Ohio was awarded $400 for the “No Foam Beer Tap.” Lastly, the third place team of Jason Shar, a mechanical engineering major of Leetonia, Ohio and Nathan Levangood an engineering major of New Philadelphia, Ohio, were awarded $100 each for “Adaptaleg.”

An award was also given to the student with the best social entrepreneurial idea. This award of a $500 prize was given to Sami Eckert, a public relations major of Dover, Ohio and Veronica Atkinson, an integrated media major from Carrollton, Ohio for their idea “Hero Station.”

“It is not just about starting a business,” said Michael Kachilla, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration and coordinator of Raider Tank. “The program is about solving problems in a way that is creative and relevant and where you spend less money than you earn from the idea.”

“The Mount Union entrepreneurship department is truly special and I couldn’t be more excited about the direction it’s headed,” said Keller. “I’m just grateful to be a part of it.”

Not only does this competition develop student’s problem solving abilities in the business setting, but it also develops other skills necessary for business.

“One benefit is the practice of presenting your idea in front of business people and other students,” Kachilla said. “Another benefit is the ability to organize your thoughts and think on your feet when you have to answer questions from judges.”

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