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McDaniel awards student entrepreneurs

McDaniel College handed out $18,000 in prizes to student entrepreneurs competing in the school’s Innovation Challenge on Monday night.

Freshman Justin Arter and junior Louis Schaab won McDaniel's Innovation Challenge. (From McDaniel)

Freshman Justin Arter and junior Louis Schaab won McDaniel’s Innovation Challenge. (From McDaniel)

Freshman Justin Arter and junior Louis Schaab won the $10,000 top prize with their business, called Ride with Pride.

Their company tries to fill a need for accessible and affordable transportation for people with disabilities in Carroll County.

The competition was judged by three women: Kristen Ellis, winner of the 2016 Carroll Biz Challenge; Kristine Harjes an analyst at The Motley Fool and a McDaniel graduate; and Danielle Rowlett Tate, founder and CEO of and a 2003 McDaniel graduate.

Fifteen groups submitted businesses to the competition, which was narrowed down to five to compete in front of the public Monday night.

D1V3RG3NT won the $5,500 second prize. Sophomore Zach Fortuna’s company make tailgating more efficient by using a single table that can be used for multiple games, instead of having to bring multiple tables for multiple games.

BookSwap won the third place audience prize of $2,500. BookSwap is a smartphone app that would allow students to buy and sell books from other students on the same campus to trim the delivery delay typical of buying books online.

BookSwap was presented by senior Brandon Cortese, Hunter Metcalf and Dajuan Price and sophomores Maia Hanlon and Sam Hampton.

McDaniel’s Innovation Challenge is part of its Encompass Distinction program, which combines courses and off-campus experiences and mentorship to provide students entrepreneurial skills and opportunities.

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