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The fifth annual BisonTank Competition took place virtually on Wednesday, April 6. BisonTank, organized by the Gallaudet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (GIEI) and sponsored by Convo, has become an opportunity for future deaf entrepreneurs to boost their innovation and pitch their business ideas. Contestants learn to develop a business concept, and how to bring their ideas into reality, including pitching them in competitions such as BisonTank. Students also benefit from the BisonTank experience by building networking skills.
Over the course of two hours, the five teams presented their pre-developed pitch concepts, then the judges queried each team about their ideas. Eventually, the judges came to their decisions and chose the top three ideas:
Ericka Ouljie, Ritchie Bryant, E. Lynn Jacobowitz, Alex Matsche, and Sachiko Flores served as judges. All are small business owners, and they had the difficult task of choosing the top three business ideas.
Congratulations to the three winning teams, and all teams who participated! As GIEI interim director Russell Stein said, “You are all winners.”
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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