BEAR Innovation Competition


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With big career and life decisions seeming daunting throughout college, it is hard to find answers to any questions revolving around these ideas. Ursinus Men’s Lacrosse players Jack Shimer and Jake Connelly aim to tackle this problem with their app Spark. Spark is a one stop shop for college students to ask questions to alumni mentors about life after school. With a more personal relationship built on this app than on others like it, Spark allows students to connect with real life mentors in a manner that has yet to be seen in the digital world.


Presented as part of the 8th annual Bear Innovation Competition. This year’s theme was ‘Meeting the Moment: Unique Ideas that Are Needed to Solve Problems and Build a Better World.”

The downloadable video file has a run time of 6:39. Also available as a supplemental file are the PowerPoint slides of this presentation.

U-Imagine Student Ambassador: Manning Smith

Entrepreneur in Residence: Maureen Cumpstone

Judges: Jen Cohen Crompton ‘05, President/Owner, Something Creative, Chris Biddle ‘85, Chief Executive Officer, BCG Alpha, Brandon Dowd ’18, Publisher, Middletown Media, and Amy Pawloski, President, Strategic Versatility.

Keynote speaker: Quentin Altemose ’18, CEO/Founder, Spirochete Brewing Inc.

Founding Directors: Rebecca Jaroff and Carol Cirka

Sponsor: Will Abele, Class of 1961

Special thanks to Rob Wrzesniewski ’91, Head of Global Private Banking Solutions at SEI for his loyal support of the U-Imagine Center.

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