2020-2021 State System Startup Challenge Winners

Five Minute Pitch Presentations

Ist place

Greenery Walls

Sarah Hart, Trent Smith, Evan Miller

Mansfield University

2nd place

The D.A.R.T. (The Defensive and Reaction Trainer)

Connor Wagner

West Chester University

3rd place

Aloe & Ivy Greenhouse and More

Alex Spease, Lindsey Neidinger

Shippensburg University

4th place

Wear To Go

Emma Wagner

West Chester University

5th place

Student Accessibility Unlimited

Alex Dalton, Dylan Shanaberger

California University

6th place

Starlight Cafe

Ashlynn Black, Daniel Parsley 

Lock Haven University

One Minute Fast Pitch Presentations

Ist place

Lake Nevaeh

Sierra McCown

East Stoudsuburg University

1st place

Plant Based Basics (PB Basics)

Ezra Rodriguez

East Stoudsuburg University​

3rd place

Ever Decor

Emma Wagner

West Chester University


The State System Startup Challenge is an opportunity for students attending one of the 14 state-owned universities to compete for prize money of up to $10,000 for their innovative ideas. Winners receive prize money to assist in making their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur come true.

All competitors are encouraged to use their imagination to create their best business ideas. Each university has faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing personal attention to students’ ideas to prepare them for launch in today’s marketplace. A team of judges reviews the submissions, and the finalists, as well as all of the competitors, are recognized at an awards ceremony.​​