Six Finalists Announced for Attman Competitive Business Prize

Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business PrizeSix 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.

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10.20.15: Deadline for the Attman Prize

The Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize was established 2011 as a way for UB students and alumni to compete for business venture seed funding.  The 2015 competition will take place on  November 17 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Learn more about the competition.

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Rise to the Challenge with our Entrepreneurship courses.

The Rise to the Challenge Pitch competition took place last week in our campus. Out of 11 finalists, three are currently enrolled in our Entrepreneurship survey course (ENTR300 – The Entrepreneurial Experience), two of which won the competition in their respective categories of undergraduate new idea and existing business. Both students have developed their ideas in the course with the help of colleagues, instructor and live audiences who participated in initial versions of their pitches.

ENTR300 – The Entrepreneurial Experience is open to all the students on campus. During the semester, students learn to think like an entrepreneur and defend their business ideas in front of live audiences (this post describes a recent exercise). The course is a good example of experiential learning since it’s based on a real new business idea project developed throughout the semester. Some sections in Spring 2015 have earned the designation of Enhanced Course by the Helen P. Denit Honors Program.

The winners:

Collin Corcoran presented his existing business Premier Property Preservation. It works as a one stop shop for real estate owners who seek to sell or rent homes. This new venture offers clean-outs of vacant properties, trash removal, lawn maintenance, carpet cleaning, pressure washing and general cleaning of residential properties n the Baltimore area.

Joe Napoli earn the judges vote with his idea of a vacation kennel – Unleash the Beach. His vision is to build a kennel that houses pets during the holiday season in Ocean City, MD. Pets can be visited during the owner’s vacation time, which it may be an advantage over other kennels located in the city.

The Merrick School of Business offers several Entrepreneurship courses, a major and a minor/concentration in Entrepreneurship. Learn more here.

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