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Four of the seven InNOLEvation Challenge finalists are FAMU-FSU College of Engineering students

Power Trak presentation


Seven of 15 business teams advanced to the final competition of the InNOLEvation® Challenge to be held March 3, 2017.

Aquaholic Engineering (Jacob Gardner, Diego Avila, Emily Czelusniak, Thomas D’Aguiar, Tyler O’Ferrell)
PowerTrak (Matt Hedine, Fiona Robertson, Brad Bone, Kendall Parker, Jorge Cabrera)
Safebriight (Arianna Rajabi, Tucker Russ, Maxwell Brecher)
STEM Veterans USA (Benjamin Hallstrom)

Three other Engineering teams competed February 10, 2017:

Incredibowl (Mateo Quintanilla, Maria Perez, Kiernan Farmer, Eddie Gibson, Rufus Caple)
KidKonnect (Caroline Sorrick, Sherly McGhee, Alex Boulos)
Ultimate Guitar Cases (Austin Moore, Samuel Rubin, Grant Kleiner)

Congratulations to our four engineering teams in the finals and to all our students for taking their best shot!

Seven business teams advance to finals of InNOLEvation® Challenge
-Dave Heller | FSU News: February 13, 2017

https://news.fsu.edu/news/business-law-policy/2017/02/13/seven-business-teams-advance-finals-innolevation-challenge/

Seven teams of students in the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship are headed to the final round of competition in the 2016-2017 InNOLEvation® Challenge at Florida State University.
The students are competing for more than $35,000 and learning valuable lessons about starting a business as they face off in the business model competition. The finals will take place March 3, 2017. Media are invited to cover the event.

Fifteen student teams faced off in the InNOLEvation® Challenge semifinals on Feb. 10. Teams had 7 minutes apiece to make their business pitch to a panel of judges. After they wrapped up their presentations, judges picked seven teams to advance to the InNOLEvation® Challenge finals.

The seven finalists are:

  • Aquaholic Engineering (Jacob Gardner, Diego Avila, Emily Czelusniak, Thomas D’Aguiar, Tyler O’Ferrell, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)
  • Mayan Traditions (Hannah King, David Olusola, Carolina Garcia)
  • Playball (Hernan Bater, Gabriel Grynsztein)
  • PowerTrak (Matt Hedine, Fiona Robertson, Brad Bone, Kendall Parker, Jorge Cabrera, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)
  • Safebriight (Arianna Rajabi, Tucker Russ, Maxwell Brecher, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)
  • STEM Veterans USA (Benjamin Hallstrom, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)
  • Tutor Direct (Daniel Wax and Ethan Cohen)

Now, these seven teams will compete in the finals of the InNOLEvation® Challenge at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 3 at the FSU Rovetta Business Building, Starry Conference Room (214).

Students from all majors and levels of experience learn insights about innovation and entrepreneurship during the InNOLEvation® Challenge. The competition requires students to identify problems and solutions in a new venture, build effective teams, develop clear assumptions, test those assumptions and then make necessary adjustments.

The competition takes place over two semesters. Students attend workshops and submit portions of their business model throughout the school year. The competition awards a total of $36,500 in prize money.

The other teams to compete on Feb. 10 were:

  • Bloom Box (Katie Wallshein, Natalie Nolan)
  • Driftour (Chelsea Schneider, Hallie Lavery, Val Rodriguez)
  • HH Boards (Evelyn Bradshaw, Brian Ross, Kevin Sison, Jonathan Levy, Shawn Drawdy)
  • Incredibowl (Mateo Quintanilla, Maria Perez, Kiernan Farmer, Eddie Gibson, Rufus Caple, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)
  • KidKonnect (Caroline Sorrick, Sherly McGhee, Alex Boulos, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)
  • Sunshine Bracelets (Cristina Carter)
  • Tallahassee Glassworks (Max Epstein)
  • Ultimate Guitar Cases (Austin Moore, Samuel Rubin, Grant Kleiner, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)

About the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

In December 2015, Florida State University announced the creation of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship, the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, as part of a major gift from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation. Students will participate in traditional case study learning along with innovative hands-on application and experiences. Students accepted in the inaugural 2017-2018 class will graduate with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in entrepreneurship.