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April 18, 2018 : Business Students Make Final Modifications For Local Pitch Competition


Students enrolled in SAM 4700, Managing Strategically in the Future, are finalizing their pitches for next week’s final competition. The two teams, consisting of seven students, will be traveling to Shawnee State University on Friday, April 20 for the 2018 Cross-Disciplinary Enterprise Concept Pitch Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Ohio University's Voinovich School's PORTSfuture program, TechGROWTH Ohio, and Social Enterprise Ecosystem program.

On April 12, each group met with staff from TechGROWTH via Skype for review of their presentations. The final pitches will be held at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Teams of students from any discipline will prepare and present pitches that focus on enterprise and economic opportunities at the US DOE former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS), which is currently being decommissioned. Pitches may include anything from energy production, supply chain development, or potential services surrounding the current enterprise hub.

Tanya Hire, Assistant Professor of Applied Management, is passionate about this project and the many educational and personal benefits students could gain from participating in the competition. “This exercise allows the students to apply concepts they have learned in the classroom to practical situations and is excellent preparation for their careers,” shares Hire. “This helps to give them a better understanding of the components of any business entity and to learn how to take an idea from concept to completion and implementation.”

The two teams from OU Chillicothe are representing theoretical business propositions known as Buckeye Solar and PORTS Plastics. Each presentation will be 10 minutes long followed by a question and answer period with the judges.

The Buckeye Solar team, consisting of Karlie Fields, Jansen Grim, Kyle Hurles, and Andrew Kiger, is proposing to repurpose a landing strip to expand solar energy production to reduce the carbon footprint. Not only is this a good alternative due to limited resources, but it is also financially and economically efficient as the plan could potentially provide electric for 850 homes in Piketon.

PORTS Plastics, a team comprising of Brandi Downs, Samuel Steinhoff, and Ryan Sutton, will recommend repurposing decommissioned areas to develop a recycling center to either support current recycling programs/agencies or create a new facility to clean, sort, grind, and pelletize plastics. The goal of the proposal is to help increase recycling as currently 91% of the world’s plastics are not recycled and over 8 million metric tons are added to the ocean every year.

Those interested are encouraged to attend the competition in support of our students. To learn more about the competition, please contact Hire at