posted December 11, 2018
Supernal Siesta by Laura Johnson was the winner of the Fall 2018 Pitt-Johnstown Entrepreneurs Idea Lab Shark Tank. Johnson landed $1,000 from The Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund, Adelle and Skip Picking.
Runners-up were Fit Prep Pro by Dominic Eppley and FlyHighGPS by Scott Kuczala. Each earned $500 from The Picking Fund.
The creative competition was held at the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness on December 4 and December 6. The event is in cooperation with the The Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund. Money awarded is for the further development of the products.
"At this Fall's final pitch, the judges have affirmed that this group of winners have ideas that should be readied for market," said Pitt-Johnstown Assistant Professor of Marketing and Shark Tank Advisor Skip Glenn. "We are hoping to build some experiences and resources for them over the summer to bring their ideas to the next level and encourage them to present at PITTchFEST."
Supernal Siesta is for women who are managing hot flashes and effects of menopause by offering a technology that helps them stay cool and rested through the night.
Health and fitness comes from honoring the body and mind, Fit Prep Pro delivers the best in customized high performance meals with all the information an avid gym member and calorie geek would want.
Travelers transiting airports will have a new way to find their plane and favorite food or drink through FlyHighGPS service found on all major airline apps.
Pictured from left: Shark Tank Advisor Skip Glenn, Scott Kuczala, Laura Johnson,
Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar, and Dominic Eppley.
Judges included Johnstown-area business people and dignitaries: Mike Kovatich, owner of MDR Global, MediaExchange; Mike Hruska, founder of Problem Solutions; Ethan Stewart, Centennial Financial Group; Joel Bezek, partner at Opthalmic Associates; John Polacek of JWF Defense Systems; Eber Verhovsek, owner of Eber HVAC Inc.; Jasper Nielsen, Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic co-owner and CEO; Brian Ayers of ARCH Global Precision; and Howard “Skip” Picking.
Other competitors and their ideas:
Sphagyetti – Caleb Wess
When it comes to hitting the beach or celebrating your alma mater ahead of a game, Sphagyetti is your best tool for instant fun and refreshment. All in one off-road party companion keeps the hops cold and the tunes hot anywhere.
SSS – Clay Cottman
Soccer players need safe and reliable gear to protect their shins and give them confidence in their footing. SSS has developed a soccer stocking that does both for serious high school.
Stacked – Kristina Albright
One of the more common headaches of modernity has been removed from the washing ritual thanks to Stacked paired washing systems that eliminate the need to transfer wet clothes to the dryer all done from your phone.
Are You Hungry – Song Chen
AYH App is designed to allow users to enjoy a wide variety of menus and cherry pick from different offerings in a club or delivery model without having to leaving home.
Cap Tables/Coasters – Jake Stein
When putting final touches on your man-cave or adding to the ambience of your pub, Cap Trays put a bit of unique bottle cap art and nostalgia in every ashtray or table.
Back Bubbles – Dominic Means
Back Bubbles is designed for older Americans who want a safe and soothing way of washing their back while showering.
Melt Away – Kaitlyn Gannon
The K-Cup waste nightmare is now over! With Melt Away, just drop the coffee nugget into your Keurig or other single cup making machine and enjoy the java without mess or plastic waste.
Ardoor – Jake Bacik
Ever drive through a neighborhood and fall in love with a property? With Ardoor, you can know the price and make an offer on the home right from the car. No realtor needed just the app and a phone.
IceHalt – Adam Kiess
Winter is coming fast and so is scraping frozen material off your windshield … no more with IceHalt which coats your windshield and keeps ice from forming.
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