BGSU student entrepreneurs to present products, ideas for The Hatch 2022

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Student entrepreneurs at Bowling Green State University will present their products and business ideas at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in hopes of getting funded by investors through The Hatch. The annual event follows a format similar to the hit ABC show "Shark Tank." A livestream of the event is open to the public.

This year's event features six women entrepreneurs from various majors and backgrounds who will pitch their business ideas to Falcon investors in the hopes of securing start-up funding. To date, investors have pledged more than $800,000 in student ideas since The Hatch started in 2013.

This year's Hatchlings are:

  • From the Schmidthorst College of Business, junior Jude Rush, a marketing major with a minor in entrepreneurship and environmental science, will present her idea for a series of children’s books about environmental topics that are made from 100% recycled and sustainable materials. Freshman accounting major Madison Smith will pitch the ToastySleeve, an environmentally friendly drink warmer that maintains the temperature of hot beverages on the go.
  • Representing the College of Arts and Sciences, graduate student Cori Byrge, who's studying biological sciences, will present Sustainable AquaGel-ponics Systems (SAS)™, a company focused on creating sustainable food production systems that use recycled water and AquaGelbeads™ to produce healthier and more cost-effective produce from home.
  • In the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering, sophomore Nina Tylutki, an aviation major, will pitch Travel Safe Anywhere (TSA), an all-in-one bed bug, hidden camera, germ and stain detector compact enough to be portable in any travel situation.

  • From the College of Education and Human Development, Suzanne M. Saunders-O'Herron, a doctoral student studying leadership studies, will present Life-Stone™, a personally branded online profile that converts to a tribute site in the future to memorialize a person long after they are gone.
  • In the Graduate College, Erin Thomas, who's pursuing a technical writing certificate, will pitch her business idea for a nationwide e-commerce platform that curates products available at local businesses to create gift packages for customers who wish to shop local.

Serving as "Hatch headquarters," The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is one of 20 centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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Updated: 04/20/2022 02:13PM