The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition took place earlier this month on Michigan Tech’s campus. The Competition was hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.
There were more than 20 participants making up 15 teams from various majors and disciplines who pitched to a panel of judges.
Along with a cash prize, the first, second, and third place winners received a free pass to our SmartStart program. We also provided a $1,000 check to the winner of the Game Changer Award.
The winners of the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition were:
- First Place and MTEC SmartZone Game Changer Award – Gary Tropp (Computer Network & System Administration) for VARS (Virtual Advising Registering and Scheduling)
- Second and Third Place – Tie between Mayank Bagaria (Mechanical Engineering) for Vakya and Karuna Rana (Environmental and Energy Policy) for Reality Check
- Audience Favorite – Nate LaJoie (Finance) and Michael Betz (Management) for Backpack Keg
- Honorable Mention – Deanna Springgay (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) for Little Trainer
- Honorable Mention – Russ Crofton (Mechanical Engineering Technology) for Moonlight Cycles