KSU Takes 1st Place at Entrepreneurship Immersion Week
In early August, teams of college students from across Northeast Ohio came together for the 9th Annual Entrepreneurship Immersion Week, an intensive one-week experience for undergraduates from all disciplines to immerse themselves in the skills needed to help them develop new business concepts and apply these skills in a team-based business concept competition.
Lake Erie College hosted the competition this year, comprised of teams of students from the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s (EEC) member institutions, which include Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Lorain County Community College, The University of Akron, and the University of Mount Union.
The Kent State University team (pictured, along with EEC representative Kay Molkentin) took first place and the $2,500 prize for its idea concept of an aroma and sound device to relieve stress and improve sleep. Team members are Julia Kelley, Oleg Lougheed, and Carleton Whitmore.
Second place and the $1,500 prize went to the John Carroll University team, which includes Mary Kate O’Conner, Olivia Criss, Rachel Boyko, and Ashley Ambrose, and Marissa Dickerson. This team utilized 21st century aerospace technology to solve a real market need in the clothing industry.
The University of Mount Union took third place and $1,000 for their idea concept of more environmentally friendly feminine hygiene products. This team includes Alyssa Haley, Alexandra Marino, Brad Keller, Quinn Whitehead, and Andrew Rosati.