Three winners were named at the Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize Competition on Nov. 14. The event, held in the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, home of UB's Merrick School of Business, showcases many of the University of Baltimore community's most talented and driven entrepreneurs.
Shelby Blondell, B.S.'15 (pictured above), won the grand prize of $2,500 for her newly launched product, "The Sheller," a patent-pending stainless steel, flat combo crab mallet/knife/bottle opener that's easy to clean and store, and made in Maryland.
Alan Tsao, B.S. '11, won $500 for his upcoming line of premium, custom-designed watches, launched under the Tsao Baltimore brand.
Jamey Gaylor, representing Exceptional Kids Connection, won the $250 Crowd Favorite prize for his concept for a platform and app designed to help families with special needs children find friends and support in the real world.
More than 40 undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni, representing a wide range of academic backgrounds and disciplines, submitted applications for their enterprising ideas to present at the Attman Competition. In mid-October, a team of preliminary judges narrowed the record pool of applicants down to six finalists.
The competition is sponsored by UB's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Now in its fourth year, and a highlight of Global Entrepreneurship Week on campus, the Attman Competitive Business Prize is designed to provide seed funding for and generate awareness of new and emerging innovative business ventures nurtured by the UB community.
Learn more about the Attman Competitive Business Prize.
Read more about this year's competition in Technical.ly Baltimore .