Day: November 15, 2022

Rourke Sylvain Places at Michigan Collegiate Startup Challenge

Rourke Sylvain
Rourke Sylvain

On Friday (Nov. 11), four Huskies representing three teams pitched their business ideas at Michigan State University during the Michigan Collegiate Startup Challenge (MCSC). MCSC is Michigan’s university-level business model competition specifically designed for student entrepreneurs across Michigan. MCSC fosters entrepreneurship by encouraging students to commercialize their ideas. MCSC is hosted by Michigan State and sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

The 20 semifinalists participating in Friday’s event included the following Michigan Tech teams:

  • Jordan Craven, Tall and Small Designs
  • Anastasia (Asia) Motta and Zane Smalley, The Droplet
  • Rourke Sylvain, Integrated Molecular Innovations (MS Student, Biomedical Engineering)

During the event, 20 college students representing nine schools from across Michigan pitched their ideas.

Congratulations go out to Jordan Craven and Rourke Sylvain. Craven took first place, winning $5,000, and Sylvain took fourth place, winning $1,000. In addition, Asia Motta, first-place winner of the Husky Innovate Idea Pitch, and Zane Smalley represented Michigan Tech well during their pitch. We are excited for the future and look forward to the next steps on their innovation journeys!

Read more at the Pavlis Honors College Blog, by Jessie Stapleton.