Student Entrepreneurs Compete in Raider Tank
November 15, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio – On November 6, University of Mount Union students competed in “Raider Tank,” an entrepreneurship competition that occurs every semester on campus.
Alyssa Adams ’20, a neuroscience major of Mentor, Ohio, won first place for her idea. "I designed a product to help people with neuromuscular disorders," said Adams. "Mount Union's entrepreneurship program gives students like me an amazing opportunity to tie together topics of interest, like neuroscience, with entrepreneurial strategies that can eventually lead to businesses that will benefit the community."
The competition is based off the popular ABC show “Shark Tank.” Each student participant pitches a business idea to a panel of judges, or “sharks.” All judges are graduates of the University of Mount Union who have entrepreneurial backgrounds.
The judges choose the top three pitches. The first-place winner receives $600 to put toward the business idea, and second and third places receive $400 and $200, respectively.
Ben Schroth '21, a management and computer science double major of Medina, Ohio, took second place. He created "phys-e," an app that creates secure communication between physical therapists and their patients to reference workouts, track progress, provide instant communication, and add or edit exercises instantly.
The third-place winner was Brenton Jones '18, a criminal justice major of Denver, North Carolina.
Jones pitched to the judges a more efficient house fire alarm system, which would give families a greater sense of security.
"Pitching this idea that I truly believe in was a great experience,” Jones said. “Having people in the entrepreneurship field explain what was good about my product and what I needed to work on was invaluable to me. As a criminal justice major, I personally don't have an experience working in the entrepreneurship field, but taking the introduction to entrepreneurship class made me expand my passion to an actual product."
For more information on Mount Union’s entrepreneurial studies program, visit mountunion.edu/entrepreneurship.