posted May 01, 2017
Pitt-Johnstown's Entrepreneurs Idea Lab Shark Tank 2017 winner was Holden Jones for Gauntlet. Also, Eric Hood’s SmartCut and Dakota Price’s Code Glass were runners-up. The creative competition was in cooperation with The Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund.
The two-day event concluded April 20, and took place in The Cook Family Idea Lab on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.
Jones, a senior in computer science, landed $1,000 from The Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund for Gauntlet, which is for prosumers and gamers who want to win and protect their wrist. Gauntlet offers great comfort and flexibility so video gamers can play without risk of damage.
Price, a senior in marketing, earned $500 from The Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund for Code Glass, which helps individuals stay abreast of their appointments without pulling out having to check their phone for verification. This uses adaptable projection technology that displays the time and more right onto your glasses lens discreetly.
Hood, a sophomore studying management, earned $500 from The Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund for SmartCut, which outfits professional lawn mowers with GPS technology for autonomous mowing so that lawn care companies can provide more reliable service and save on time, employees and other resources.
Tuesday, April 18: Rob Rost, owner of KMS Refractories; Eber Verhovsek, owner of Eber HVAC Inc.; and Mike Kovatich, owner of MDR Global, MediaExchange.
Thursday, April 20: Mike Hruska, founder of Problem Solutions; Ethan Stewart, Financial Advisor at Centennial Financial and founder of 814Worx; Allen Higbee, founder of Laxlee Sports and Johnstown Social; Joel Bezek, partner at Opthalmic Associates; and Rex Ashbrook, owner of Global Manufacturing Enterprises.
Others in the competition were:
The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.