Six student and alumni finalists for the University of Baltimore’s 2015 Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize have been announced by the University’s Merrick School of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The group will compete to claim the top prize at an event scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium of the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center (home of the Merrick School of Business), 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave., and in the adjacent M. Scot Kaufman Auditorium.
The Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize provides seed funding for business ventures for University of Baltimore students and alumni. Now in its second year, and a highlight of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the competition is UB’s version of the hit TV series, Shark Tank: Finalists compete for cash prizes—this year totaling $16,000 in cash and in-kind services—before a live audience and expert judges. The competition’s winnings provide seed funding for existing innovative business ventures.
This year’s finalists are:
- Gretchen LeGrand, representing her company, Changed Diapers. LeGrand is a Yale Gordon College of Arts and Science alumna. Changed Diapers is a diaper company on a mission: For every diaper bought, another is donated to a mother in need.
- Lisa Phillips, representing her company, Celeebrate Us. Phillips is an MBA student in the Merrick School of Business. Celeebrate Us is a full-service online gift basket company which also includes a “Build-A-Basket” workshop.
- Monique Reid, representing her company, Advanced Laboratory Services. Reid is a student in the Merrick School of Business. Advanced Laboratory Services is a medical laboratory that plans to provide concierge services to people who can’t get to the lab.
- Takia Ross, representing her company, Accessmatized. Ross is a Yale Gordon College of Arts and Science alumna. Accessmatized is a traveling make-up artistry service that provides professional and affordable on-location make-up services.
- Ryan Schuman, representing his company, Bubbleball MD. Schuman is an MBA student in the Merrick School of Business. BubbleBall MD is a bubble soccer rental company.
- Shane Yeager, representing his company, DC Visionaries. Yeager is a student in the Merrick School of Business. DC Visionaries is a digital creative company specializing in the production of live video and animation.
Learn more about the Attman Competitive Business Prize.