Students participated in the Innovation Challenge at McDaniel College Monday evening. Justin Arter and Louis Schaab won $10,000 for their idea Ride With Pride.
Students participated in the Innovation Challenge at McDaniel College Monday evening. Justin Arter and Louis Schaab won $10,000 for their idea Ride With Pride. (Submitted art)

Mcdaniel College will hold its annual Innovation Challenge this week.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Decker Center Forum, according to a news release from McDaniel. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

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Students participated in the Innovation Challenge at McDaniel College Monday evening. Justin Arter and Louis Schaab won $10,000 for their idea Ride With Pride.
Students participated in the Innovation Challenge at McDaniel College Monday evening. Justin Arter and Louis Schaab won $10,000 for their idea Ride With Pride. (Submitted art)

Five student teams will compete for a $10,000 top prize, with a second-place prize of $3,000 and an audience choice third-place prize of $2,000.

The teams will present their entrepreneurial ideas and products to a panel of experts at the Innovation Challenge Finals, according the release.

The five finalists and seven runners-up were chosen by members of the President's Advisory Council, according to the release, which is made up of entrepreneurial alumni of the college.

The students were judged based on creativity and innovation, clarity of purpose, market potential, financial plan and overall strength of application of their entrepreneurial idea or product, according to the release.

The five finalists are:

  • Loyl, which according to the release, is a “customer loyalty mobile application geared towards customer retention for small businesses.” It will be presented by senior Matthew Meagher, a computer science and economics double major from Frederick, and freshman Ben Schipper, a computer science major from Olney.
  • Sertified, which according to the release, is a “pop-up business that tackles the lack of American Red Cross certified lifeguard instructors in northern Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania.” It will be presented by junior Owen Long, a psychology major from Hanover, Pennsylvania, and sophomore Justin Arter, of Waldorf.
  • Show Your Hero, which according to the release is a mental health awareness program “pairs young adults with mentors and provides opportunities for them to become a leader by going through three tiers — self-identification, self-confidence and finding one’s passion.” It will be presented by freshman Sarah Pennington of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
  • Stylish Thrift, which according to the release, would sell new and vintage sportswear. It will be presented by senior William Martin, a business administration major from Winchester, Virginia.
  • ZenZen, which according to the release is a “mobile application and website that assists in planning green and sustainable events that reduce environmental impact, save money and create positive social rewards.” It will be presented by senior Kelly Edullantes, an environmental studies major from Houston, Texas, and junior Kris Gibb, an art major from Glen Burnie.


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