Local Inventors Awarded for Innovation
DuBois – The winners of the B.I.G. (Business Ideas Gone Wild) Competition were announced at an awards banquet on November 19 at the DuBois Country Club. Designed to fuel area entrepreneurship and economic growth, the competition sought entries from teams, small businesses and individuals, over 18, who resided in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, or Potter Counties. Their entry could have been any marketable product or service, or method to improve an existing product or service. Four entries were recognized, out of a total of 31 applicants.
The grand prize winner was Kerri Presloid for her entry, Polliwog Academy Educational Games. She will receive $1000 cash to be used for equipment, materials, rent, or professional service to begin a business or launch a new product or service and up to $10,000 in services including access to the Innovation Lab at Penn State DuBois, participation in the Planet Eureka! Business Translation Workshop, market research through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, or have the opportunity to take advantage of marketing tools provided by Vision Creative Group.
Upon receiving the award, Presloid said, "Thank you so much for believing in me and my products. Hopefully you'll see more of them." She explained her winning idea, saying, "I have created learning games for children. What makes my company unique is that we also teach parents the steps needed to help their children to be successful academically."
Second place went to Dennis Piccirillo for an improved bicycle carrier. His carrier is capable of hauling multiple bikes on a car, as well as transforming into a cart that can be pushed manually.
Honorable mentions went to John Biggie, Jr., David Krivak, and Joe Alderton of Biggie's Meats for their innovative butchering processes, and to Sueann Doran for her Fitness Application Software that uses music to inspire people to keep working out.
John Sider, Deputy Secretary for the Technology Investment Office within the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), served as guest speaker for the event. He commented, "Everywhere I go the people want to know where the jobs are going to come from. The answer is what's happening here tonight. Entrepreneurship and innovation, that's where your new jobs are going to come from."
For more information, contact the Technology Transfer Office at Penn State DuBois at 375-4803.