Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at West Chester University Announces Winners of the 2018 Business Idea Competition

Ken Knickerbocker
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(l to r) Dr. Monica Zimmerman, Director, The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at West Chester University, Mark Yoder, President & CEO, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, Anna Miller, Bradford Allan, Dr. Christopher Fiorentino, President, West Chester University and Professor Patricia Diggin, Executive in Residence, The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at West Chester University.

This WCU Business Idea Pitch was held on Wednesday, April 25th at West Chester University. Seven finalists of the 6th Annual Business Idea Competition competed for cash prizes totaling $7,500!

The 6th Annual Business Idea Competition is co-hosted by the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and the Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic, the world’s largest angel network.

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce sponsored this year’s “Pitch” event and First Priority Bank was the dinner reception sponsor.

355 persons submitted 190 ideas across four divisions: Chester County Start Ups, WCU undergraduate students, WCU graduate students, alumni, faculty & staff, and Chester County High School Students.

Ideas were screened by business angels, entrepreneurs and business advisors who determined the finalists that moved on to the WCU Business Idea Pitch.

The finalists in each of the four divisions who competed for the Grand Prize are as follows:

Chester County Start Ups

  • Ram Pride Ride
  • Sir Dangerhorse Skin Solutions

West Chester University Undergraduate Students

  • TUS: Tutors for University
  • U Ride: WCU Parking App

West Chester University Graduate Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff

  • Innovative Solutions
  • Wish Respect

Chester County High School Students

  • 1st Place: Speak Easy
  • 2nd Place: Steer Secure

The Grand Prize winner of this year’s WCU Business Idea Pitch and recipient of a $2,500 cash prize is Speak Easy, a mobile app that translates sign language into written or spoken words created by Anna Miller and Bradford Allan of Great Valley High School.

 

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