Bloomsburg, a Commonwealth University
Bloomsburg University Business Plan Competition Names Champion
Bloomsburg, PA (03/28/2022) — More than 300 middle and high school potential entrepreneurs gathered at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on March 26 for the Husky Dog Pound competition. The Husky Dog Pound, sponsored by the Zeigler College of Business at Bloomsburg University, is a Shark Tank-styled business competition where potential business ideas are pitched to panels of judges.
The competition involved a three-minute pitch of the students' business model/plan, followed by a question and answer period with the judges. In all, more than 130 teams presented plans with the top 30 earning prizes.
The winning team was from State College High School. Lila Mathias and Grace Shang won $1,000 for their app called CommCollab--an innovative app that features a unique matchmaking service to help people find their community service companion. It is a platform that features a place to post opportunities about services that need to be completed and for people to go if they are looking for more service hours. Mathias and Shang were able to design an app for a large demographic: high school students, church groups, sports teams, rotary clubs, and much more. They believe that CommCollab is the future of community service.
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A team from Lincoln Philadelphia took third place and won $500.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 7,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and new Honors College.