ATLANTA / MACON – Mercer University’s Stetson-Hatcher School of Business awarded a total of $ 2,500 in prize money to five unique business ideas presented via Zoom during the Elevator Pitch competition on February 26th.
The competition, which was open to all students at all Mercer locations, consisted of 23 individuals or teams, each presenting a two-minute pitch.
“I am very proud of our student competitors who have come up with innovative ideas in a professional manner,” said Dr. Briana Stenard, Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. “It was a great competition and it was even difficult for the judges to determine the winners as there were so many places being awarded this year.”
The judges selected four recipients of the Judges Choice Award, including:
- Taiyah Lockett, a sophomore computer science student in Macon, and Johan Breglen, a sophomore engineering student in Macon who set up a company selling diapers / training pants that detect urinary tract infections and other health risks for babies and people with special needs;
- Gregory Roper, a nightly MBA student in Atlanta, the ChoVidz, a consulting firm that works with churches, schools, and others to create virtual music media content as an alternative to in-person appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond;
- Jun Ming Li, a full-time MBA student in Atlanta who’s who’s up? mobile app that tracks business hours and restaurants in restaurants by turning off the middleman, making it easier for both owners and customers to stay in touch;
- Trenton Williams, a senior electrical engineering major in Macon, and Spencer Lowe, a senior environmental engineer in Macon who established a portable renewable energy source with better efficiency and greater performance than comparable products in the current market.
In addition, the jurors selected a recipient of the Best Nonprofit Pitch Award:
- Tyrone Harrison, a senior BBA student in Atlanta who founded a nonprofit specializing in financial literacy, credit, business, and entrepreneurship for prisoners, youth, and churches.
About the School of Business
Founded in 1984, Mercer’s School of Business is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 graduate and business pioneer of Mercer who took advantage of the company’s first major buyout, and his grandson, Robert F. (Bob) Hatcher, a longtime supporter from Macon, trustee and former chairman of the university. Mercer has awarded over 12,000 corporate degrees over the past 80 years, and many of its graduates hold executive positions in companies around the world. Mercer’s Business School provides career-oriented business education to develop innovative leaders who are responsible global citizens. It is accredited by the renowned Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), making it one of the top 5 percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer’s Business School was named “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women” and one of the “Best Business Schools” by the Princeton Review. In addition, it was recognized as one of the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting”. The school offers the following programs: Atlanta (evening and online BBA, full-time MBA (day), evening MBA, online MBA, Master of Accountancy, MS in Business Analytics), Macon (traditional BBA, evening MBA, MBA in Healthcare, and Innovation MBA), Henry County (Evening BBA). Visit business.mercer.edu for more information.