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Students Pitch Business Ideas to Area Professionals at Fall “Raider Tank”

November 05, 2018

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s semi-annual “Raider Tank” entrepreneurship pitch competition took place on Monday, October 29, with three students netting a total of $1,200 to help fund their ideas. 

Students from any discipline identify a problem in their environment and throughout the semester apply entrepreneurship concepts learned in class to come up with a seemingly viable solution.

Working alone or in teams, the students pitch their ideas in a three-minute format to a panel of business and not for profit professionals from the area. Winners receive cash prizes and many use their prize money to start their business.

First place and $600 went to Mackenzie McCartney ’19, a psychology major of North Canton, Ohio, for her traveling art party idea. The $400 second place prize went to Alyssa Adams ’19, a neuroscience major of Mentor, Ohio, for her custom noise canceling headphone aids for children and adults with autism. Third place and a $200 prize went to Joe Clossin ’19, a senior management major of St. Clairsville, Ohio, for his app idea that matches customer preferences to local restaurants. 

For more information on the entrepreneurship minor at Mount Union, visit