Five students win first place at entrepreneurship competition

September 22nd, 2016

A team of five John Carroll students competed and won first place in the Entrepreneurship Immersion Week competition over the summer.


JCU competed against teams from Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Hiram College, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Lorain Community College, The University of Akron and The University of Mount Union. This year’s immersion week was held at the University of Mount Union.


The week was sponsored by The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium. This is an organization of 11 Northeast Ohio Colleges and universities. The purpose of the EEC is to provide practical and theoretical education to students which prepare them to become entrepreneurs, create new jobs and build wealth for the region.


During the immersion week, students attended classes and workshops as well as interacted with speakers and entrepreneurs. The week ends with a  contest between the teams to present their idea.


John Carroll’s team consisted of marketing major Matt Schutt, finance major Maria Ndini, communciations major on the integrated marketing track Chloe Slavin, exercise science major Leah Berdysz and finance major Mikayla Hutchings.


These five students won first place, earning them $2,500.  The team was accompanied by JCU faculty members: business professor Tom Bonda, entrepreneurship professor Mark Hauserman, and communications professor Jacqueline Schmidt.


JCU’s winning idea was a product they call RiskBand. This is worn on the wrist and tracks children’s hydration and sun exposure levels. RiskBand would alert the child that he or she was dehydrated or was being exposed to too much sun through flashing signals on the wristband.


The parent of the child would also be made aware through a RiskBand app on their smartphone. The goal of the wristband is to keep children safer and for parents to become more aware of their children’s health.


“Winning was beyond amazing. It felt so great to be recognized after working so hard and putting in countless hours during the week. It was also wonderful to represent John Carroll University,” said junior Mikayla Hutchings.


“Beating Mount on their home turf was a dream come true,” said junior Matthew Schutt.