5 Finalists Named for Penn State Shenango ‘What’s Your Big Idea’ Contest

SHARON, Pa. — Five entrepreneurs will compete in Penn State Shenango’s annual “What’s Your Big Idea” challenge, a virtual competition modeled on the hit show “Shark Tank.”

Students, alumni and community members submitted their ideas and inventions to be considered for the annual event, which can be viewed at 5 p.m. March 24 on Penn State Shenango’s YouTube page.

The challenge is presented by Penn State Shenango’s VenturePointe Incubator, in collaboration with the eCenter@LindenPointe and Penn-Northwest Development Corp.

The five finalists, selected by a committee, are:

  • “Magia Verde” by Nikoli DoBosh and Ryder Rust. This aloe-based clothing treatment  aims to ease discomfort for people who have sunburn. 
  • “Note – On The Go” by Marissa Nichter is an online agenda in which all class assignments, tests and due dates can be viewed together via an interactive application. 
  • “Healthy Henna Temporary Tattoo” by Jennifer Flo will produce a product that can be placed on the bottom of feet to help prevent the spread of athlete’s foot and other fungi while walking barefoot at public pools, indoor play areas, yoga, and other places. 
  • “Full Access” by Sabrina Bootz is a wearable fob that can be used as a social website in the palm of the user’s hand. The fob will scan business cards at social gatherings, allowing user to quickly learn facts to determine who they would like to network with. 
  • “IllumiLit” by Lauren Kuncio will make the ink on book pages glow in the dark for those that like to read in bed or in the car without disturbing the people around them. 

The winner will receive $1,000 prize money, the opportunity to attend a four-week idea test lab through Invent Penn State and business support from Penn-Northwest Development Corp. The four runners-up will receive a cash prize of $125 and the opportunity to attend an Invent Penn State idea test lab. 

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