Marketing Students Pitch Their Business Ideas to Investors in The Hatch™ 2016
BGSU students have the chance to launch businesses through a “Shark Tank” type of event called The Hatch™. After working with a Falcon Mentor, they pitch their business ideas to a group of Alumni Investors. This year, The Hatch™ is adding several new elements. The program, which is touted as a best in class practice, opened up the competition to graduate students and is allowing teams of up to three students to compete. In addition, The Scrambler event was held in November to narrow the highly competitive applicant pool.
Eight business ideas were selected. Here are three of the students who are specializing in either marketing or sales and service marketing.
KIERSTEN CASTNER, MARKETING & BUSINESS ANALYTICS
A wallet phone case that will keep track of the customer's cards. There will be an app that will notify the customer when a card has not been placed in its proper spot within a limited amount of time.
AUSTIN FARRINGTON, MARKETING
"TRAC BAND" (MONITORING BRACELET)
A system that utilizes Bluetooth beacons to set up a GeoFence that will help pinpoint the location of individuals in a facility that are wearing a bracelet or ID Badge with a supported Bluetooth device inside it. The bracelets or ID Badges will be catered and customized for the need of each business such as patients in nursing homes, children in daycare centers, and visitors in office buildings and school systems.
KHORY KATZ, FINANCE AND SALES & SERVICES MARKETING
"NO-HASSLE LOFTED BEDS"
With an easy to use lofting system, this bed can transform a small, cramped dorm room into a more functional space by allowing a student to easily and quickly loft a bed to better utilize the space under the bed. Using a counter weight system, this bed easily turns a three to four-person job into a simple, and efficient one-person job.
Kirk D. Kern, is the director of the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership which hosts this annual venture launching program. The Hatch is set for April 7 at 6:00pm in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom. Read more…. Kern, along with the entrepreneurship academic programs are part of the Department of Marketing.
Kirk D. Kern, is the director of the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership which hosts this annual venture launching program. The Hatch is set for April 7 at 6:00pm in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom. Kern, along with the entrepreneurship academic programs, are part of the Department of Marketing.