Student entrepreneurs pitch their ideas at The Hatch

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In the spirit of “Shark Tank,” 10 student entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to alumni investors during The Hatch on April 19 at Bowling Green State University.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Perry Field House on the BGSU campus.

In 2017, The Hatch attracted more than 3,500 attendees and was streamed to watch parties across the United States. “Hatchlings” are paired with alumni mentors throughout the spring semester to develop their business ideas.

The field includes two Bowling Green natives: Sara Clark and Isaac Rogers.

Participating students and their ideas include:

  • Hannah Barth and Elyse Blau, both juniors, are creating Pop-Up Palace, a play structure that is easily assembled, disassembled and modified to reflect a child’s changing developmental needs. Barth is majoring in inclusive early childhood education; Blau is majoring in early childhood education.
  • Nick Bundy and Jacob Hauter, both juniors, are developing Saflee, a hybrid of a traditional safe and a disaster kit. Bundy is double-specializing in finance and sales and services marketing; Hauter is double-specializing in marketing and business analytics.
  • Sara Clark, a senior, is creating Magnahalter, a horse halter that eliminates buckles and clasps by replacing them with Velcro and magnets. Clark is majoring in intervention along with dual education licensure for K-12 students with mild-to-moderate and moderate-to-severe disabilities.
  • Olivier Ernst, a graduate student, is developing Suppleo, a supplement dispenser designed for athletic and workout environments. Ernst is pursuing his MBA.
  • Kristen Grom, a senior, is creating Power Play, an app-controlled dog toy that allows owners to control the toy from smart devices. Grom is majoring in visual communication technology.
  • Marikay Mester, a junior, is developing Bloomzoa, an app that makes childhood nutrition fun and interactive while providing educational tools to successfully manage dietary restrictions. Mester is majoring in dietetics.
  • Rachael Poling, a senior, is creating a wearable device that is an early detector of geriatric diseases. Poling is majoring in applied health science.
  • Isaac Rogers, sophomore, is developing Mchezo, a web-based, interactive game for children with chronic diseases. Rogers is majoring in business administration.