Schindel wins inaugural Idea Pitch at Mt. St. Mary’s

Submitted photo
Christine Adamow, director of the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., poses with Levi Schindel, winner of the center’s inagural Entrepreneurship Idea Pitch Invitational.

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Levi Schindel’s pitch for cross-platform social media connections won the the inaugural Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship Idea Pitch Invitational at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Schindel, a business student, won the $5,000 top prize with his ADDU mobile app for cross-platform social media connection, according to a news release.

A Hagerstown, Md., native and a graduate of Saint James School, he plans to spend the summer working on the app’s development at the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown in consultation with the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship.

Chloe Cain and Lyndsey Saunders earned the second-place prize of $2,000 with Personal Brand-in-Box, which provides personalized branding packages to fit an individual’s personality, abilities and talents. Services include videography, photography, media development, cosmetic care and fashion consultation.

Le-Roy Battle took the third-place prize of $1,000 for EMPOWER, a website-based community for supporting and mentoring young black adults.

In the six-week period before the competition, Christine Adamow, director of the Palmieri Center, offered semi-finalists several professional development opportunities to polish their proposals, including a boot camp. 

The judges were:

• Taitia Elliott, senior vice president, commercial lending, Frederick County Bank.

• Mark Greathouse, managing director, Mid-Atlantic Angels.

• Paul Palmieri, managing partner, Grit Capital.

• Carol Phelan-Marsh, entrepreneur and angel investor.

• Joe Scali, a Boston-based start-up consultant and financial analyst

The event has led to additional opportunities for several contestants. One week after the Idea Pitch, Cain and Saunders pitched Personal Brand-in-Box to Mid-Atlantic Angels at Miles & Stockbridge in Frederick, Md.