First Step Grand Challenges brings together entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students to develop novel solutions to societal and environmental challenges across the globe. The top teams receive seed money to take their projects to the next level. In this year’s competition, the winners included:

  • 1st place: Rehab-to-Go – Cory Cacciola (Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanical Engineering), Brianna Hulbert (Biomedical Engineering), Michael Raccuglia (Biomedical Engineering), Kristen Reilly (Mechanical Engineering) and Madison Ciccaglione (Exercise Science)
  • 2nd place: Banda Pads – Katie Katz (Nursing), Grace Hluchy (Nursing), Christina Burke (Nursing), Sara Hall (Visual Communications) and Lindsay Carroll (Visual Communications)
  • 3rd place: Birth Certified – Denise Natoli (Nursing), Kayla Saints (Nursing), Emily Silver (Nursing), Mackenzie Evans (Nursing) and Marisa Purdy (Visual Communications)
  • Innovation Award: Rehab-to-Go – Cory Cacciola (Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanical Engineering), Brianna Hulbert (Biomedical Engineering), Michael Raccuglia (Biomedical Engineering), Kristen Reilly (Mechanical Engineering) and Madison Ciccaglione (Exercise Science)

First Step is supported by the College of Health Sciences and the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship.

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