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E-celerator Bluejay Tank Competition

The Bluejay Tank seeks to provide an exciting, educational experience while challenging students’ creativity and entrepreneurship skills. With $3,000 in prizes at stake, the winners can use their prizes to accelerate their innovative ideas to the next phase of development.

The second Bluejay Tank competition was held on April 21, 2021. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists! Read a recap in our Newsroom.

2021 Competition

First Place ($1,500): Mallory Burke
  • Proposed Innovation: Grill Girlz
    GrillGirlz is a BBQ grill deep-cleaning service designed to service the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas.
Second Place ($1,000): Matthew Gans
  • Proposed Innovation: MGProductions
    A student owned and operated photo/video marketing company that uses a superior knowledge of market wants and needs to make a company’s products stand out from the crowd.
Third Place ($500): Luis Chavez
  • Proposed Innovation: Scanology
    This online tool provides a multitude of helpful services to high school and college students. With a simple interface and how-to guide, Scanology scans school transcripts to help students find colleges and scholarships based on their academic success and school likings. This online tool also provides a free resume and scanner that provides quick feedback.

2021 Finalists

  • Alec Goldberg
    Proposed Innovation: Oaks Productions
    Oaks Productions is a production firm that develops musical compositions ($0 cost of production), which are intended to be sold to aspiring music artists as well as current professional music artists.
  • Alex Goodell
    Proposed Innovation: Tech for Smiles
    A service that targets companies or schools that recycle electronics, and then repurposes or resells the items for a profit. A portion can go back to schools, because we are a not-for-profit.
  • Jared Plotka
    Proposed Innovation: Reserve Bank (Cryptocurrency) Cafe
    With the advance of cryptocurrency, banking is increasingly becoming digital. The Reserve Bank Café provides an inviting and personal environment for customers to do their crypto banking or to learn how.
  • Joshua Sawyer
    Proposed Innovation: College LT&F (Lost,Track & Find)
    This product is for college students who easily lose their wallets and keys. Specially designed wallets and keychains with GPS devices attached help the consumer never have to replace their wallets or keys again!

Previous Winners

First Place: Michael Foytlin
  • Proposed Innovation: New Age Solutions
    An automated, efficient, and intelligent tool that greatly aids new grads in finding employment through automated LinkedIn networking.
Second Place: Jasmine Lillis
  • Proposed Innovation: Walking Through History
    This exercise app notifies the user when they are close to historical sites, and the more locations they visit the more points they can accrue to gain discount codes to local businesses and restaurants.
Third Place: Vanessa Sevilla
  • Proposed Innovation: United Leadership Pathway
    The United Leadership Pathway is a non-profit organization, designed to develop undergraduate leaders across the country, and give colleges an extra edge by bringing the community together through shared connections and mutual ties.

Martin Gahbauer, M.Ed.

Executive Director
Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence

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