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Entrepreneurship Immersion Week Winners Announced (08/14/09)

The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) held its 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Immersion Week (EIW) at Kent State University’s Kent Campus from Aug. 9 to 14. EIW is a weeklong event in which 35 students from northeast Ohio universities are fully immersed in entrepreneurship through classroom sessions, entrepreneur speakers and many networking opportunities. At the end of the week the seven teams presented their concepts to a panel of external judges. These judges included Chris Brown from Marketing Resources and Results, Todd Federman from the North Coast Angel Fund and Celia Hashlamoun from Goldstein Caldwell and Associates. 

Teams from Ashland University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University and The University of Akron participated in the event. The judges selected first, second and third place winners.

The first place team received $4,000 for its winning concept called Greenolies, described as “edible utensils with a bite.” The team represented Cleveland State University but was formed out of students from four different universities. Members included Nader Baraty and Michael Matousek from Kent State University, John Adams from Cleveland State University, Ryan Kinnan from The University of Akron, Molly Gabriel from Baldwin-Wallace College.

“This week has been amazing,” Adams said. “It has been great having all of these people here to network with and learn from. The program has helped me network with people I wouldn’t have been able to on my own.”

The second place team was comprised of Jeremy Sloan, Zach Snyder, Philip (Ben) Tracey, Alecia Michitsch and Kerry Miles from Ashland University. They received $2,500 for their innovative business concept to create a healthy fast food restaurant with local farm feeds called Nourish US. 

Third place winners represented The University of Akron. Members included Jamie Montgomery, Alexandra Frost, Julia Repko, Zachariah Szabo and Anazette Hudson. The team received $1,500 for its concept called Silent Signal, a personal on-campus emergency help transmitter. 

Other business concepts included a men’s suit rental business for college campuses called Suits for Success, presented by the John Carroll University team consisting of Caitlin Gorie, Joe McKenna, Christopher Romeo, Nick Nardi and Devin Eicher., a personal medical information Web site, presented by Baldwin-Wallace University team members Aaron McNair, Dani Fibourg, Heidi Evans, Catherine Kachurek and Ryan Gillbride. The Case Western Reserve University team of John Macris, Michael Chang, Katie McCabe, Emily Garvey and Neel Agarwal created Dinner Direct, a home meal delivery company providing convenient, semi-prepared quality meals. Live Pitch, a video-based, online portal for entrepreneurs to present their ideas to investors, was created by Kent State University’s team consisting of Abigail Hurley, Austin Briggs, Brianne Kimmel, Shreyas Gosalia and Kelli Kratzenberg.

The EEC has partnered with the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to make this program possible.  Additional sponsors include Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Goldstein Caldwell and Associates, MAGNET, and the Youngstown Business Incubator. More information can be found on the EEC Web site at


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Kati Crowder-O’Connor,, 330-672-9426
Kevin Brosien,, 330-672-8589


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