Water Buffalo Emerges to Win Shark Tank

Pitt-Johnstown

posted April 30, 2018


Shark Tank winner Bradley Coleman (left) with John Polacek

Pitt-Johnstown entrepreneurs emerged from the 2018 spring term Entrepreneurs Idea Lab Shark Tank competition wiser from the experience and better-funded from their success. Their future ventures await.

This year's winners were:

  • First Place, $1,000 - Water Buffalo (hipster for students and sling for soccer moms) - by Bradley Coleman
  • Second Place, $500 - Bod Pod (environmentally friendly body wash system for hotels)- by Grace Lim
  • Third Place, $500 - DiscoverMe (LinkedIn for performing arts and agencies)- by Melanie Haas

The two-day event took place in April in The Cook Family Idea Lab on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

Prize money is derived from The Adelle and Skip Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund.

Judges for the course included: John Polacek, JWF Defense Systems; Dr. Joel Bezek, Ophthalmic Associates; Dr. Kristen Majocha, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown; Dr. Melissa Rost, Optometrist; Brian Ayers, ARCH Global Precision; Allen Higbee, Johnstown Coding Academy; Ethan Stewart, 814 Works; Mike Kovatich, MDR Global Inc.; and David Luciew, Wristocat. 

Entrepreneurs may participate in PITTchFEST at the Showcase for Commerce in Johnstown.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.