Lackawanna College Student Entrepreneur Wins tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition
Lackawanna College Student Entrepreneur Tom Ohop, and his company Sensify won the 21st tecBRIDGE business plan competition.
Tom Ohop, with help from student volunteers Matthew Guse and Joseph McLaughlin, made history being the first team from Lackawanna College to win in the collegiate division of the competition. The prize for winning the business plan competition is $10,000 cash and $100,000 of in-kind services.
Those who attended the ceremony had the opportunity to vote for the company or product they thought was the best in a “wild card” vote. Sensify broke another record by winning the wild card vote, being the first team in tecBRIDGE history to win the collegiate division and wild card vote. The prize for winning the wild card is $5,000.
Sensify creates multi-sensory devices helping children with special learning abilities improve sensory motor skills and reach growth developmental goals. It is a peg board with light up pegs coming in two sizes; a four-foot-by-four-foot version, with 900 holes, and four-foot-by-eight-foot version, with 1,800 holes.
Ohop’s team competed against finalists from Penn State Scranton and Wilkes Barre, Wilkes, Alvernia, and other colleges in our area at the F.M. Kirby Center.
tecBRIDGE is a regional economic development organization that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and the knowledge economy in NEPA. Over the past 20 years, more than 700 students and 200 aspiring entrepreneurs have participated in the Business Plan Competition.
Congratulations to Team Ohop for winning the competition and wild card vote!