Diller Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation
Schedule of Events 2021

The Diller Center is here for the students, staff and faculty of
Shippensburg University.

Visit us to discuss opportunities in entrepreneurship, mentorship,
and business idea development!


Congratulations to Shippensburg University students, Alex Spease and Lindsey Neidinger for winning 3rd Place and $2500 Startup Money in the 2021 SSS Challenge! Alex and Lindsey are the Co-Creators of Aloe & Ivy Greenhouse and More.   Lindsey is a marketing major, and Alex is a double-major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.   Alex and Lindsey are both Honors students in the Woods Honors College and the John L. Grove College of Business. 

The State System Startup Challenge is an opportunity for students attending one of the 14 state-owned universities to compete for prize money of up to $10,000 for their innovative ideas. Winners receive prize money to assist in making their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur come true.

2020-2021 State System Startup Challenge Winners

2020/2021 State System Startup Challenge
Round 3 – Live 5 minute pitch, 1 Minute Elevator Pitch – Virtual

April 21st, 7:00 PM – Virtual, with Q and A between Judges and Finalists
Finalist will pitch to a panel of Judges for a change to WIN $10,000 Start Up Money!
Semi-finalists will pitch to the Audience for the People's Choice Awards to WIN up to $500 Cash!

Shippensburg University has 3 student teams competing, 1 finalist, and 2 semi-finalists

Top 6 Finalists
(competing for $10,000 startup money)
Aloe & Ivy Greenhouse and More - Alex Spease, Lindsey Neidinger - Shippensburg University
Greenery Walls - Sarah Hart, Trent Smith, Evan Miller - Mansfield University
Starlight Café - Ashlynn Black, Daniel Parsley - Lock Haven University
Student Accessibility Unlimited - Alex Dalton, Dylan Shanaberger - California University
The D.A.R.T. (The Defensive and Reaction Trainer) - Connor Wagner - West Chester University
Wear To Go - Emma Wagner - West Chester University

Semifinalists
(competing for $500 cash prize)
Agenda Angel - Sabina Bower - Bloomsburg University
Aji - Joachim Theophile - Shippensburg University 
Auto Saddle - Matthew Zwilgmeyer - West Chester University
C.A.T. - Mary Braasch - Shippensburg University
Ever Décor - Emma Wagner - West Chester University
Knees Up Events - Katelyn Wehr - Kutztown University
Lake Nevaeh - Sierra McCown - East Stroudsburg University
Plant Based Basics (PB Basics) -Ezra Rodriguez - East Stroudsburg University
Rent U - Grace McDonough​ - West Chester University


Spring Semester 2021

February 16th
Speaker Series - Mark Lennon from CalU - Learn & Discuss: Business Model and Lean Canvas to answer the What, Why and How for your Business
ZOOM Event - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
https://ship.zoom.us/j/92280963320 


  ** PASSHE SSS Challenge **

The following State System Startup Challenge participants advanced to Round 2:​

https://www.passhe.edu/inside/ASA/bizplan/Pages/participants.aspx

February 26th
2020/2021 State System Startup Challenge
Round 2 – Business Model Canvas – 10 criteria no video
February 26th, 11:59 p.m.

Check out this Zoom Event for Successful Business Model Tips
February 16th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
https://ship.zoom.us/j/92280963320


March 18th 
Speaker Series - Women in Business Month
Kayla Young from The Vintage Buckle - Shippensburg, PA!!
ZOOM Event - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
https://ship.zoom.us/j/97271235776
For more information about The Vintage Buckle please contact: Kayla Young 

If you missed the Speaker Series Zoom Event with Kayla Young from The Vintage Buckle, please check out the link below!
https://ship.zoom.us/rec/play/Vj9OmgMja3Q5KTR1zofcjYuCoRRM0mggUzx0l7vXxnBbTyE2g5AE7kVyPkvQhcd1HGSl6mWtyXavXMXx.GkmhGjrvNR6UtrCw?autoplay=true&startTime=1616107565000


March 19
Admitted Student Day – look for us with the John L. Grove College of Business at Ship Rec!!
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


April 8th
Speaker Series - Shippensburg Downtown Community Panel
Don Nori - CEO/Owner of Nori Media Group and Destiny Image Publishers
Scott Brown – Special Events Coordinator Shippensburg University and the Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce President
Kathy Coy – Mayor, Borough of Shippensburg, PA
Duaine Collier – General Manager / Principal of the ShipCo Pumps and Board of Director Member - Shippensburg University Foundation
ZOOM Event - 7:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m. 
https://ship.zoom.us/j/98793733993

If you missed the Speaker Series Zoom Event, please check out the link below!
https://ship.zoom.us/rec/share/Ci9wPalL2A53MHwUjauiTYOz46zJGp0FmQyxQCwbDKI-FaVTGg-tbL00A2wzkiSr.QvaOOWI1l83YN7kP


April 21st 

2020/2021 State System Startup Challenge
Round 3 – Live 5 minute pitch, 1 Minute Elevator Pitch – Virtual

April 21st, 7:00 PM – Virtual, with Q and A between Judges and Finalists
Finalist will pitch to a panel of Judges for a change to WIN $10,000 Start Up Money!
Semi-finalists will pitch to the Audience for the People's Choice Awards to WIN up to $500 Cash!