ERC hosts entrepreneur symposium

 Huntington, Ind.—The Enterprise Resource Center at Huntington University hosted 140 Huntington North High School students on April 26 for an entrepreneur symposium.

The focus of this symposium was to introduce the students to the fun side of entrepreneurship. The day was broken out into three sessions. These sessions included activities and creatively thinking about how to “upgrade” or “enhance” an MP3 player. One session focused on looking for problems, pains, unfilled wants or unmet needs in the marketplace. The students had opportunities to brainstorm ideas of a product or service. They then presented their ideas to a panel of judges. During the lunch session, the students heard from entrepreneur Brady Smekens of Smekens Educational Consulting.

Facilitators for the day included

Perry Collins, Huntington University and president of Roanoke Town Council

Wil Kline, National City Bank

Bill Zimmer, WA Zimmer and the Party Shop

Steve Franks, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center

Remound Wright, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center

Chris Pelz, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center

Judges for the day included

Darlene Stanley, Johnson Junction

Dick Poole, retired

Carol Pugh, Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation

John Niederman, Pathfinder Services

Kathy Elmore, The Country Post

Rick Beemer, Parkview Huntington Hospital

Dave Mettler, Mettler Insurance

Cindy Willour, IMCO

Ned Kiser, Asian Access

Jeremy Rufener, Huntington University

Tammy Butts, OCRA

Bob Brown, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce

The event was sponsored by HCUED Venture Works, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Huntington University and the Huntington County Commissioners. Funding was provided by grants from Duke Energy and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Additional funding was provided by various businesses within Huntington County.

The winner for the Best Business Concept and Presentation was

PinPointer Personal

Justin Barber

Matt Dunn

John Sober

Grant Pegan

Second place was

Peanut Butter

Holly Burton

Ashley Green

Brent Lederle

Nathan Rudicel

Adam Wisialowski

Third place was

A.N.D. (Automated Note-taking Device)

Evan Bonifas

Caty Eisenhauer

Gina Krauter

Amanda Pugh

Bradley Vogeleman

Best Idea Concept was

GPS Mower

Nicholas Alles

Hannah Downey

Anthony Hull

Ashlee Murrill

Jess Souers

Outstanding Students were

Nathan Rudicel

Marc Reust

Alicia Aldridge

Hannah Downey

Peter Berghoff

Alex Bush
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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