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The 2017 Judson Shark Tank Finalists

(ELGIN, IL – November 7, 2017) Judson University is excited to announce the finalists for the 2017 Judson Shark Tank competition, where almost $2,000 is up for grabs. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.

Judson students, staff and faculty came out in unprecedented numbers to hear about the projects of the competing students. There were nine in all during the Entrepreneurial Open Forum last week, but only five student competitors emerged as the finalists. They will compete to see whose business idea will win over the judges.

This year’s Judson Shark Tank finalists include:

Sarah KayJunior Sarah Kay of Barrington Hills, Ill., and her idea for The Tea Leafe.



Creighton North and Ryan FaulknerSeniors Creighton North of Ferrisburg, Vt., and Ryan Faulkner of Montrose, Pa., and their idea for an “Earbuddi.”

Jean-Marc PlantinJunior Jean-Marc Plantin of Brockton, Mass., and his idea for the “Rent-N-Roll” leasing app.

Jaqueline SosaSophomore Jaqueline Sosa of Rockford, Ill., and her ideas for “D8M8,” a dating app.

Kenjrick WatsonFreshman Kenjrick Watson of Worth, Ill., and his “Security Code Washers and Dryers” idea.

The competition’s grand prize is $1,000, with $500 and $250 prizes for second and third place, and a $100 prize for the fan favorite.

Earlier this week, the five finalists met with Joseph Menolascino, vice president of Lending and Operations at KCT Credit Union in Elgin, Ill. He discussed the economics of business, including start-up costs, pricing structure and the break-even point.

The Judson Shark Tank program on Thursday, Nov. 16, will include two emcees from the Judson Improv team, Charles Kirby and John Hitch.

There will also be pre-show entertainment and music while the judges deliberate, thanks to a partnership with the Music Business & Entrepreneurship program. Student Kenny Haas will share music during the pre-show. Four Judson students will share original music during the judging period. They include: Tiger Khokunthod, Sierra Chavez, Daniel Flage and Lindsey Mellema. The show will close with songs from Citizen Way protege Daniel Olsson.

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