Ureka Challenge 2021 Results!
Ureka Challenge 2021 Final Presentations
Ureka Challenge 2021, a months-long, yearly event designed to promote, develop, and grow Clark’s student ventures, came to a close on Friday, March 26, 2021.
Ethan Lutz, Penny Wise PPE Protection – 1st place Judge’s Award $4000
Gari De Ramos, Radical in Progress – 2nd place Judge’s Award $3000
Julia Dantzler, No Worries Skincare- 3rd place Judge’s Award, $2500
Martina Villanueva, Magpies Collect – $1700 from judges
Victoria Pastor, Self-Care with Vi – $1500 from judges
Lucy Barrett, Worcester Free Fridge – $1000 from judges
Charisma Nguyen-Lai, Charied Away – $1000 from judges
Melanie Adams, Empower Yoga Project – $800 from judges
Da’Vyana Williams, Economically Girly – $500 from judges
Ureka Committee Favorite Awards
Martina Villanueva, Magpies Collect – $500
Madeline Steigman, Dough is Me –$500
Crowd Funding Awards
Jens Peterson, What We Leave – 1st place $1500
Tsanta Rakotoarisoa & Wuzhenjun Xue, Tsara & Soa – $1000 2nd place
Madeline Steigman, Dough is Me – 3rd place $500
A special thanks to Samantha Goodman ’11, Michael Goodman, and Swing Issues Media for additional funding.
What is the Ureka Challenge?
Students with an entrepreneurial aspiration, apply to the Ureka Challenge in mid-October looking to become one of the chosen ventures for the months-long mentoring journey to build and grow their venture. Accepted ventures are awarded $100 of investment seed money from the Ureka Committee at the start of the Challenge. Participants are emerged in mentoring from Clark entrepreneurship faculty, as well as, alumni and successful entrepreneurs. Other events include Clark Collective sponsored popups, crowdfunding events, and other venture development activities at the end of the journey, the Ureka participants present to a judging panel of alumni, staff, faculty, and past Ureka winners, for a chance to be awarded up to an additional $5000 of venture funding!
Ureka Challenge 2021 Pop Up on Red Square
Past Ureka Challenge Participants
Ureka Challenge 2021 Participants
- Pennywise PPE Protection, owner Ethan Lutz ’21 Judge funding $4000 Produces a germicidal copper-lined bag that prevents cross-contamination buildup of PPE.
- Radical in Progress, founder Gari De Ramos ’21 Judge funding $3000 A social enterprise serving as a one-stop-shop for social justice education.
- No Worries Skincare, owner Julia Dantzler ’24 Judge funding $2500 An affordable way to treat your skin and the environment with the respect they deserve.
- Magpies Collect, owner Martina Villanueva ’23 Judge funding $1700, Ureka Committee funding $500 Aims to bring happiness to all, in the form of stylish and affordable fashion accessories. Instagram
- Selfcare with Vi, owner Victoria Pastor ’24 Judge funding $1500 Produces a natural eyelash serum and self-care boxes.
- Worcester Free Fridge, founder Lucy Barrett ’21 Judge funding $1000 Community fridges providing channels for fresh, healthy food to our marginalized citizens.
- Charied Away, owner Charisma Nguyen-Lai ’22 Judge funding $1000 Artwork and design produced in the form of stickers and greeting cards.
- The Empower Yoga Project, owner Melanie Adams ’22 Judge funding $800 Inclusive and trauma-conscious movement for healing, embodiment, and resilience.
- Economically Girly, owner Da’Vyana Williams ’24 Judge funding $500 Providing gorgeous press-on nails no matter the occasion or budget.
- Dough Is Me, owner Madeline Steigman ’24 Ureka Committee funding $500, 3rd place crowdfunding $500, rename funding $500 Homemade high-quality baked goods to homesick college students at an affordable price.
- What We Leave: A Caretakers Guide to an Ill Planet, author Jens Peterson ’24 1st place crowdfunding $1500 Environmental issues, their causes, and solutions to be effective caretakers of this planet.
- Tsara & Soa, owners Tsanta Rakotoarisoa ’21 and Wuzhenjun Xue ’21 2nd place crowdfunding $1000 Provides vanilla from Madagascar that supports sustainable development and climate resilience.
- GoRamen, owner Justin Zay ’24 Providing affordable after-hours food options for Clark students.
- Generation ZE, founder Jacqueline Ricketts-Hagan ’21 A Generational information website
- Solace Handicrafts, owners Maseeng Masitha ’21 and Maria Masood ’21 Imported handicrafts from around the world.
Ureka Challenge 2021 Judging Panel
Debra Harrsch ’80
Adi Tibrewal MBA ’05
Vicky Marino ’08
Trevor Tarnowski ’20
Ulysses Youngblood (Adjunct Faculty)
Keith Miller ’88
Nathayla Castro ’18, MBA ’19
Ureka Challenge 2020 Participants
Santander Bank partnered with Ureka Challenge 2020 to provide additional funding for Clark’s first-generation entrepreneurs, as well as, all Ureka participants. This was a one-time initiative from Santander Bank as outreach to supporting young first-generation entrepreneurs.
- Taalo Co.: Founder Suijhan Ghimire ’23 – is a socially and environmentally aware company established to employ Kamlari (bonded slaves) in rural Nepal, and using scrap textiles to produce accessories. Taalo was awarded $4000 in additional funding.
- Shunu Co.: Founder Trevor Tarnowski ’20 and Hector Miron ’19 is a drop-off shoe-cleaning service. Shunu was awarded $3000 in additional funding.
- Back Alley Clothing: Founder Alli Jutras ’20 is an artistically curated vintage, thrifted, and upcycled clothing business. Back Alley Clothing was awarded $2500 in additional funding.
- Crafted Pulled and Poured: Founder Allison Green ’23 is a handcrafted metalsmithing company providing unique, high-quality jewelry pieces. Crafted Pulled and Poured was awarded $2500 in additional funding.
- Megan’s Mehendi: Founder Megan Balani ’23 provides custom Mehendi. Megan’s Medendi was awarded $2500 in additional funding.
Additional Funding Winners:
- Philip Tran Photography: Founder Philip Tran ’23
- A PLUS Tea: Founder Tommy Li ’21, Michael Lu ’21, Wentao Li ’21
- Margaretes: Founder Margarita Perez ’22
- Bralettes by Melanie: Founder Melanie Adams ’22
- The Eunz Experience: Founder Eunice Dolette ’21
- Prof Presence: Founder Owen Mortner ’20
- Unity within the Community: Founder Fido Hernandez ’23
- Work Flow Coffee: Founder Logan Rosell ’23
- Sapience News: Founder Mitchell Mondro ’20
Ureka Challenge 2020 Judging Panel
Adi Tibrewal ’05 MBA
Ulysses Youngblood Adjunct Faculty
Chris Solea Juliani ’93
Crysta Spitzfadden ’19
Ureka Challenge 2019 Participants
- DZ Marketing: Founder Valerie Diaz ’19 focuses on digital content, graphic design, and social media management. Diaz also is CEO and co-founder of Shirt Shack + Co., an apparel company that spreads good vibes and positivity.
- Solar for Superheroes: Krissy Truesdale ’19 created her business to identify effective and affordable solar adoption strategies for a wide demographic, including homeowners or renters.
- Composers Connect: Thomas Mueller ’22 connects film directors with composers who can create original music that syncs perfectly with their film.
- Kava Kraze: Crysta Spitzfaden ’19 and Co. want to bring the Clark community together through events featuring Kava tea drinks, made from the roots of the Kava shrub of the Pacific Islands. Categorized by the FDA as a supplement, Kava has an effect similar to CBD, relaxing the muscles while causing the drinker to become more talkative and social — without alcohol.
- TechSmart: Sameen Azad ’20 and Co. created a venture to provide technological solutions for mobile devices and laptops.
Kava Kraze also won the People’s Choice award, and Margaretes, a jewelry company founded by Margarita Perez-Maza ’22, was presented with the Ureka Committee Choice award.
Ureka Challenge 2019 Judging Panel
Daysha Williams ’16
Victoria Mariana ’08
Amanda Barker, ES&P/M.A. ’11
Rick Treitman ’73
- Andres Gvirtz ’18, Compact Copters: Compact Copters produces autonomous drones whose primary purpose is to value solar fields. Their long-term goal is to approach major solar and pipeline produces to showcase how their drone can do the same inspections they need at a fraction of the cost.
- Anika Kreckel ’17 and Max Kreckel, Wholly Cow!: A business that increases the availability of local, responsibly raised beef for restaurants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Wholly Cow! sources locally raised beef from farmers and sells select cuts or a whole cow to chefs. This concept takes advantage of the rising support for farm-to-table dining.
- Daysha Williams ’16, AsanaRa: Founded in 2015, AsanaRa is a Sole Proprietorship that provides goods and services to encourage alignment of the mind, body, and soul, primarily for the black community. The business sells shea butter-based holistic care products.
- Mitchell Mondro ’18 and Lewis Mariano, UMass Lowell, Gains to Go: Gains to Go, a healthy food truck concept that caters to people looking for nutritious, portable food choices after working out.