University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Student Entrepreneurs Win at Shark Tank

Pitt-Johnstown student entrepreneurs emerged from the 2019 spring term Shark Tank competition wiser from the experience and better funded due to their success.

This year's winners were:

  • First Place, $1,000 - Samantha Thomas for Dinner Tracker Pro
  • Second Place, $500 - Tyler Murray - Wealth Mint
  • Third Place, $500 - Harry Beck - Jetline

The two-day Division of Business and Enterprise event took place April 16 and 18 at the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

Prize money is derived from The Adelle and Skip Picking Entrepreneurship Education Fund.

Judges for the event and the companies they represent included: Mike Kovatich, MDR Global; Ethan Stewart, Centennial Financial; Eber Verhocek, EberHVAC; Jerry Hudson, Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Brian Ayers, Crown Lift Trucks; Grace Markum, High Impact 2, Inc.; Jonna Contacos Sawyer, HR Consultants; Joel Bezek, Ophthalmic Associates; Jesper Nielsen, Croyle Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, Inc.; and Jeremy Shearer, Press Bistro and Stonebridge Brewery

Entrepreneurs may participate in PITTchFEST at the Showcase for Commerce in Johnstown on My 31.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.