(Pictured below are the BizPitch 2018 final event contestants. From L to R: Chor Yan Yu, Samantha Schlak, Tatem Mielewski, Taylor Mahan, Sam Crouse, and Andrew Fredrick)
Last year we had a successful first ever BizPitch Competition! Ten talented students entered their business ideas for a chance to win $1,500, $1,000 and $500. The competition included preparing a short presentation to a panel of judges with a question and answer session to follow. The top five competitors advanced on to the final event where they presented their business ideas to the public and another panel of judges with an additional question and answer session. The top five competitors included Chor Yan Yu, Samantha Schlak, Tatem Mielewski and Taylor Mahan, Sam Crouse, and Andrew Fredrick.
First place winner, Andrew Fredrick, wowed judges with his business, AFC Signals, a business that handcrafts mount turn signals for motorcycles. Andrew is a senior majoring in Business Management. Check out his website, www.afcsignals.com.
The team of Taylor Mahan and Tatem Mielewski won second place with their business, TNT Silicon, a business idea that manufactures solar panel awnings. Taylor is a junior majoring in Accounting with a minor in Finance, and Tatem is also a junior majoring in Human Resources and Management.
Samantha Schlak won both third place and fan favorite for her business, The Sassy Girl Project. Her business focuses on empowering women and helping them find their passions with helpful services and products, check out her website, www.thesassygirlproject.com.