On April 10, Ride with Pride, a service to provide accessible, affordable, and cool transportation for people with disabilities in Carroll County, took the top prize of $10,000 at McDaniel College's Innovation Challenge.
The student team of Louis Schaab and Justin Arter was thrilled with the $10,000 prize that puts them closer to making Ride with Pride a reality, but they always planned to implement their idea regardless of the outcome.
“Of course, there was never any question that we would do this,” said Schaab, a Business Administration major. “We think that we can help solve the problem of not having easily accessible and affordable transportation here in Carroll County.”
In addition to the McDaniel grant, the service will be funded with federal grants, State funding, and donations from private donors and charitable organizations. “We can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by making transportation affordable and accessible,” said Arter, a dual Mathematics and Economics major. “We planned all along to carry through even if we didn’t win.”
The $5,500 prize for second place went to D1V3RG3NT, a single, all-purpose tailgating table with multiple games. The $2,500 third-place award, chosen by the audience, went to BookSWAP, an app for buying and selling used textbooks.
Five finalists presented their ideas to three judges, comprised of entrepreneurs and McDaniel alumni, and to an audience of more than 200 people. The finalists were chosen from a pool of 17 entries submitted by McDaniel students.
The McDaniel Innovation Challenge is sponsored by the Encompass Distinction and made possible with the generous support of Dennis Sisco C’68 and Alexine Lesko through The Sisco Fund for Enterprise Management.