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ONU announces Polar Innovation Exchange winners
Ohio Northern University’s James F. Dicke College of Business Administration hosted the Polar Innovation Exchange on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The competition was created to encourage creativity, innovation and the spirit of the entrepreneurial mindset while challenging ONU student teams and individuals to create and share ideas that will improve our global community.
To participate, competitors were required to prepare a concise two-minute presentation of a new business idea or product. After the presentation, they answered questions from a panel of judges.
Competitors chose to participate in one of the three categories: ideas that improve society, commercialized product ideas or new businesses that create jobs.
The $350 first-place winner was the “Hydro Catch” team, made up of Adam Pagan, a senior electrical engineering major from Ellicott City, Md., Thomas Vraja, a third-year pharmacy major from Medina, Ohio, Michael Johanek, a third-year pharmacy major from Mentor, Ohio, Chance Moore, a junior nursing major from New Albany, Ohio, and Andrea Schmitt, a third-year pharmacy major from Mayville, N.Y.
Second place and $250 went to “University Cycle.” The team consisted of Emily Shutt, a junior accounting major from Lima, Ohio, Megan Siwik, a junior marketing major from Parma Heights, Ohio, Alyssa Merrick, a senior management major from New Palestine, Ind., Kyla Fargo, a senior management major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Haidy Saleh-Abdel Hakim, a sophomore general studies major from Ada, Ohio.
“Style Strips” took home third place and $200. The team consisted Allie Dolan, a first-year pharmacy major from Ada, Ohio, Andrea Ricker, a first-year pharmacy major from Columbus Grove, Ohio, Rachael Rice, a third-year pharmacy major from Mendon, Mich., and Sarah Lance, a first-year pharmacy major from Lakeville, Ohio.
In addition, “Hydro Catch,” “University Cycle” and “Style Strips” all placed in the $100 category. Three other teams – “Cold Card Cash,” “Facebook Photo Protection” and “Ride Dry” also finished in the $100 category.
The “Cold Card Cash” team was made up of Paige Garber, a third-year pharmacy major from Cincinnati, Ohio, Emily Blum, a fourth-year pharmacy major from Buffalo, N.Y., Brandon Johnson, a first-year pharmacy major from Churubusco, Ind., Robert Montgomery, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Oxford, Ohio, and Robert Kaylor, a freshman sport management major from Northville, Mich.
The “Facebook Photo Protection” team consisted of pharmaceutical business majors Matt Stuczynski, a senior from Strongsville, Ohio, Matt Sims, a junior from Novi, Mich., Justin Good, a senior from Miamisburg, Ohio, and Anna Swartz, a junior from Vandalia, Ohio.
The “Ride Dry” team was made up of Kathryn Koliha, a second-year pharmacy major from Cleveland, Ohio, Samantha Schulte, a second-year pharmacy major from Parma, Ohio, Caitlin Meanor, a second-year pharmacy major from Midlothian, Va., Robert Cunning, a senior civil engineering major from Mansfield, Ohio, and Katrina Brand, a third-year pharmacy major from Yorkshire, Ohio.
Kyla Fargo, a senior management major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was the $100 individual winner with her “One Step Further” project.