The U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies

2020 BEAR Innovation Competition

The BEAR Innovation Competition features student teams that develop and pitch ideas for new ventures that solve social or market problems to a panel of external judges.

The BEAR Innovation Competition is possible through the generous support of Will Abele ’61, Ursinus Board of Trustees member and alum. We would like to thank the students that participated in the competition and Rebecca Jaroff, Faculty Director and Carol Cirka, Founding Director. We would also like to thank the judges who gave generously of their time: Christopher Biddle ’85, Jen Cohen Crompton ’05 and Jonathan Gerhartz ’18.

This year’s winners of the 2020 Virtual BEAR Innovation Competition are:

$3,500 First Place Winner: “The Artist formerly known as Lucifer”, Tommy Armstrong, English, 2020. A tragicomedy film about art, depression, and the devil

$2,500 Second Place Winner: “The Senator’s Daughter”, Julia Ewing, Applied Economics 2021. A unique event venue designed to be an anchor for Jefferson, Ohio

$1,500 Third Place Winner: “Pactolus” Athena Gainey, MCS 2020 and Hijab Hiruy, Neuroscience 2020. A social enterprise addressing recidivism through employment

$2,000 “Ready, Set, Go” Winner: “ The Orchard” Abbie Painter, Psychology, 2023. A performance coffeehouse to be hosted in the Ursinus Commons

$500 Best Oral Presentation: “Argo” David Schaeffer, 2023. A mobile application that creates and organizes grocery shopping lists