Points of Pride

Vike Tank 2019 Winners

Grace Bitzer - Vike Tank 2019On Monday, November 25th, the Entrepreneurship Club and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted a pitch competition, called Vike Tank in the Weston Ideation Lab. Thirteen Cleveland State students were selected from an application process to pitch their ideas in three to five minutes and win prizes!

The winners included:
  1. Grace Bitzer, Marketing Major for Bitz of Grace (a social enterprise to help end homelessness)
  2. Josh Larson, General Business Major with Pictures By Air
  3. Harry Quinones, General Business Major, Entrepreneurship Minor with 787 Market.

Vike Tank 2019 Judges

Pictured at left are the judges, (left to right) Rona Brody (Little Racquets, LCC), Mark Anderson (Impulse) and Colette Hart, Senior Director of the Centers for Outreach and Engagement in the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

"Vike Tank is designed to inspire, improve public speaking, and provide a platform to meet potential mentors and network," said Colette Hart. "It was wonderful to watch the interaction between the student and professional entreprenuers."

“It was so great to give students the opportunity to explore innovative solutions to everyday problems,” said to Lynn Buchinsky, Advisor in the Weston Ideation Lab.  "The students were engaged, tested their ideas, learned to pitch effectively and how to persuade judges to love their products. Best of all, they met other students interested in entrepreneurship."

All three students have been active in participating in the Wells Fargo First Year Entrepreneurial Experience and other events hosted in the Weston Ideation Lab.

For more information, please contact Lynn Buchinsky, Venture Advisor, Weston Ideation Lab Cleveland State University at l.buchinsky@csuohio.edu.