Tiger Tank lets students pitch business ideas to panel of judges in Springfield

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This year’s judges include: Melanie Barrett, class of 2021 Wittenberg and former Tiger Tank winner, Bailey’s Capes CEO; Kristen Bailey, Wittenberg class in 2002, is the CEO of Sweets and Meats BBQ and is currently a board member of the Center for Small Business Development of America; and Rob Alexander, executive director of the Center for Small Business Development in Springfield.

“Sharing your business idea with someone for the first time can be quite intimidating, especially in a room with dozens of people watching you. But they showed great preparation, presented confidently and answered questions like an expert. I was very impressed,” Alexander said.

“Successful entrepreneurs have a different relationship with fear and failure than most people because they are fearless and they don’t wallow in their failures. Whether they knew it or not, students who faced their fears on the Tiger Tank stage actively rewired their brains to deal with fear and failure like a true entrepreneur. “

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Students and projects:

Amy Brown, a media and digital media student pursuing a teen start-up, came up with her “True Story” idea, allowing grieving people to enter their thoughts. into a suggested diary. Her bonus is to partner with the Urbana, Ohio-based global branding agency, Bolder & Co. Creative Studios, Inc., to help her build her logo and social media presence.

Blair Huntera finance student pursuing a minor in business presented his “surge pro” idea that included a prototype for a custom cord that could matching paint color, length, width, etc. He was rewarded with five business coaching sessions with Blake Shaffer, owner of LWS Tax and Accounting Services.

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Nick Downs, a sports management student pursuing entrepreneurship as a teenager, presented his idea for a “Cleat Pro” with a prototype that fits snugly with shoe insoles to prevent mud. accumulate during sports. He has been given 5 business coaching sessions with Kyle Barger, Wittenberg class of 2007 and is an entrepreneur.

Hannah Weymouth, who is pursuing a major in media and digital media as well as entrepreneurship and a minor in educational studies, came up with his food truck idea of ​​“Juicy Jim’s”. She was awarded free truck wrap and logo design through Best Graphics, a Columbus-based company that specializes in vehicle wrap design.

Kailey Cordova, a dual major in business and communications, recommended her “Drink Up Blue Apron” for exotic craft cocktails. She was awarded five business coaching sessions.

Cassidy Webber, a student majoring in psychology, presented her idea “Jewelry Analytics” to start a child psychology business and combine mood jewelry and data analysis into one app. can track mood swings to help identify things that have happened over a certain period of time. Her award is the free website and app design of Big Fish Local, a Springfield company specializing in web applications and web design.

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James Fuller, a marketing student pursuing a major in communications, came up with the idea of ​​“Text of Photos” to bring his studio to his clients. He was given a one-year paid membership to the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce to help with construction and commercial focus, finding a group of people through the room who can help with equipment and construction needs price models, etc.

Jaida Malone, a student majoring in sports management, introduced “Soul Sneakers” with a prototype for a custom sole. She was awarded a year of legal advice to help develop her idea through Nathan Painter of Painter & Associates, Attorneys at Law.


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