Grove City College students took second and third place at the 11th Annual Big Idea Competition held recently by the Center for Business and Economics at Allegheny College.

Megan Smith ’17 received $2,500 for her idea, Scribble Scrubs, a custom scrub cap company that supports hospitalized children. Her entry won second place.  

Hannah Vaccaro ’18 and Ross Harrington ’18 received $1,500 for their idea, PeeWee Packs, a toilet training aid aiming to make potty training fun and exciting. The pair’s entry won third place.

The competition is modeled after ABC’s “Shark Tank,” on which aspiring entrepreneurs present their ideas to business professionals whose own startups and ideas became a reality. This year’s competition consisted of 27 teams of one to three students, with seven teams from Grove City College and 20 teams from Allegheny College.

Students presented ideas in one of four categories: for-profit business, nonprofit social venture, research project, or community engagement initiative. Students were allowed to work on their own or with a team to design 20 minute presentations for their ideas, which they presented at the competition. The competition was judged by a panel of Allegheny College alumni and faculty.

For more about the entrepreneurship program at Grove City College, please visit www.gccentrepreneurship.com or follow @gccentrepreneur on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.