5 business ideas awarded prize money in Elevator Pitch Competition


Mercer University’s Stetson-Hatcher School of Business awarded a total of $2,500 in prize money for five unique business ideas presented during its Elevator Pitch Competition held Feb. 26 via Zoom.

The competition, open to all students on all Mercer campuses, included 23 individuals or teams who each presented a two-minute pitch.

Judges selected four recipients of the Judges Choice award, including:

  • Taiyah Lockett, a sophomore computer science major in Macon, and Johan Breglen, a sophomore mechanical engineering major in Macon, who pitched a business that sells diapers/training pants that detect UTIs and other health risks for babies and those with special needs;
  • Gregory Roper, an evening MBA student in Atlanta, who pitched ChoVidz, a consulting company that works with churches, schools and others to help create virtual music media content as an alternative to in-person performances during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond;
  • Jun Ming Li, a full-time MBA student in Atlanta, who pitched the Who’s up? mobile app, which keeps track of the business hours and dining options of restaurants by cutting out the middleman allowing both owners and the customers to more easily stay in touch;
  • Trenton Williams, a senior electrical engineering major in Macon, and Spencer Lowe, a senior environmental engineering major in Macon, who pitched a portable renewable power source with better efficiency and larger capability than comparable products on the current market.

Additionally, judges selected one recipient of the Best Nonprofit Pitch award:

  • Tyrone Harrison, a senior BBA student in Atlanta, who pitched a nonprofit focused on financial literacy, credit, business and entrepreneurship for prisoners, youth and churches.

Continue reading about the Elevator Pitch Competition at news.mercer.edu.