tTROY — Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad has honored three Michigan teenagers with cash prizes for their entrepreneurial ideas for the third annual "Make it Better" comepetition.
tThe competition challenged individuals to describe how they would redesign an existing product or service or develop a new one, and to help improve the quality of people’s lives, or to make the state of Michigan or their community a better place to live.
t Open to Michigan high school students, community college students residing in Michigan and Walsh College alumni, 54 students entered the competition detailing creative entrepreneurial ideas. A total of 12 students from Frankenmuth High School, Troy High School, and Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores won cash prizes, including two $500 top awards.
tBrooke Bowden of Frankenmuth High School took first place and was awarded $500 for her idea of a Furry Friend Finder that tracks pets and reports on their location and physical condition. Second place winner Kunal Garg from Troy High School also won $500 for a mobile application programed to find recipes based on existing home food supplies and third place winner Abigail Schmitt of Frankenmuth High School was awarded $250 for her submission of a home shopping company specializing in groceries.
t “Entrepreneurial creativity can be found within individuals at all stages of life. Our goal is to celebrate that creativity and offer exposure to the entrepreneurial community,” said Carol Glynn, director of Walsh College’s Blackstone LaunchPad program.
tFor more information, visit walshcollege.edu