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JCU Students Dominate Regional IdeaLabs Competition

Seven JCU teams, consisting of 29 students pursuing minors in entrepreneurship, entered the 2022 Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s IdeaLabs regional competition alongside students from 10 other regional universities. 

Two JCU teams advanced to the finals, and JCU was the only school with two teams in the finals! 

  • Uniswipe is an app designed for college students to improve how they select their roommates, using a method similar to Tinder to better match students with similar likes and dislikes. It was developed by Sofia DiCillo, (‘22 Supply Chain Management), Philip Scherbakov (‘22 Kinesiology & Exercise Science), Spencer Hendlin (’22 Finance), and Michael Moore (‘22 Marketing). 
  • Filter Fresh is a system that uses aromatherapy oils dispersed through forced air ducts to improve the smells and quality of air in houses and apartments. It was developed by Kyle Geringer (’22 Supply Chain Management), Aya Mualem (’22 Finance), and Dennis Ryan (’22 Supply Chain Management).

In the finals held at the offices of SmartShape Design in downtown Cleveland, Filter Fresh finished in fourth place, and Uniswipe was the Grand Prize winner. The Uniswipe team received $4,000 in seed funding and free mentoring from JumpStart. The judges commended the JCU teams for their innovative ideas and their creative presentation style that made their ideas stand out from the others.

“This competition challenged me to put together the skills I learned in creativity and problem solving in the entrepreneurship minor. The hard work we put in really paid off,” said Spencer Hendlin.

The entrepreneurship program at JCU enables students to defy traditional ways of developing ideas. Most students start with huge, unreasonable or top-of-mind ideas. The entrepreneurship team uses experiential learning to guide students to work on solving problems they are uniquely suited to solve. Their success in this approach shines through in opportunities such as the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s IdeaLabs regional competition.

To learn more about the entrepreneurship program, please contact Dr. Doan Winkel, John J. Kahl, Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship, at