The Fowler Business Concept Challenge, made possible through the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, is entering its 10th year of competition this year. This challenge encourages students to come up with a unique product or service targeted at certain, desired consumers. There are two different ways a graduate or undergraduate student can compete: either through the Business Concept Track, which focuses on traditional commercial projects, or the Social Venture Track, where the product or service attempts to solve social problems. The winner of each category, along with the runner-ups, receives a scholarship to be used towards bettering their presented concept. In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, we’re looking back at past winners and the significant impact they had on the St. Thomas community and beyond.
Undergrad winner: 5th Corner Media
Graduate winner: iApply
Derek Buschow and Jeremiah Messerer’s idea: Streamline applicant evaluations used by employers.
Matthew Scott and Sarah Tinsman
Graduate winner: Styptic fibrin bandage
Susan Wuollett and Michael Wuollett’s idea: A bandage that quickly halts clot bleeding.
Undergrad winner: Cognific
Solome Tibebu’s idea: An application for mental health patients and health care providers.
Graduate winner: Variable-camber wheelchair
Keona Tranby’s idea: A vintage clothing store on wheels.
Graduate winner: Coach
Undergrad winner: Coffee Rocks!
Graduate winner: Lou Lou Ingredients
Social Venture winner: Fetch by Getitlocal
Benjamin Carlson’s idea: A web platform for small businesses to display products and services to local customers.
Undergrad winner: Unique Pontoons
Graduate winner: Homeowner Tracker
Social Venture winner: NetZro: food waste recovery and reharvest
Suzanne Marshall’s idea: Increasing awareness of eliminating food and water waste.
Undergrad winner: EasyEatz
Graduate winner: ApplianceClearance.com
Julie Carlson’s idea: An online retailer of discount appliances.
Social Venture winner: elate
Katie Hasslinger and Aaron Redepenning’s idea: A Bluetooth menu reader bracelet for the blind.
Undergrad winner: ExpressionMed
Graduate winner: Chinese Overseas Students Social Network
Lu Chen’s idea: A platform to meet people and share useful information while studying abroad.
Social Venture winner: FinMoto
Business Concept winner: Safe in Sound
Social Venture winner: Seraph 7 Studios