Congratulations to the Small Business Institute for placing third in
the Undergraduate Feasibility category of this year’s National Project
of the Year Awards. The award was accepted by SBI Assistant Director
Joette Wisnieski, PhD, while attending the 2016 Small Business Institute
Conference in New Orleans, La.
The team consisted of Matthew Baxter,
Ryan Brannon, Matthew Knepper, and Bryan Sweigart, who have all since
graduated from IUP.
Led by Stephen Osborne, PhD, the team was tasked
with determining feasibility and developing a business plan for a local
company. Crankups, LLC is an Indiana-based company that produces a
bicycle accessory intended to increase pedaling effectiveness and
Ryan Brannon was also the winner of the IUP Sharktank
competition and SSHE Business Plan Competition for his innovative "My
New Leaf" concept.