UMU Entrepreneurship Students Judge, Advise Marlington “Duke Tank”

November 02, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Student teams from Marlington Middle School pitched their best problem-solving products to a panel of University of Mount Union students on Wednesday for the chance at bragging rights and a free burrito from Chipotle.

The student panel consisted of five students, Quinn Whitehead ’17 of Canfield, Ohio, Joseph DeCapita ’17 of Youngstown, Ohio, Sam Valenti ’17 of Hilliard, Ohio, Jordan Martin ’19 of Mentor, Ohio and Quentin Rock ’20 of Alliance, Ohio. All of the student judges are enrolled in the entrepreneurship minor at Mount Union.

The teacher at Marlington, Tierney Bratten ’89, was taught the business model canvas process that many current entrepreneurship students at the collegiate level learn in order to pass it along to her students.

Mount Union education majors also worked with the students to help teach skills such as team building, presentation and PowerPoint. This also helps those students needing professional classroom hours garner more time and interaction with students.

There were three teams with three different ideas competing. The first idea was the “Mower Gazon”, which was a self-directed lawn mower whose target market was the elderly, golf courses and athletic fields.

The second idea was “Milkless Cereal” which was a lactose-free glazed cereal that would be a cheaper option to lactose-free milk and help lessen the amount of milk wasted nationwide. The final idea was “Go Shows” which was a customizable app that would automatically record live shows from any network or platform, but cost approximately half of what cable and satellite companies charge.

The winner was “Milkless Cereal” and the four winning students all received a free Chipotle burrito gift card presented by Mount Union entrepreneur-in-residence, John Myers.

Alliance Middle School will also be hosting a similar event through Mount Union’s entrepreneurship program in December with students from Tracy Lahr’s Family and Consumer Science classes.

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