In November, GearBrake, launched in 2013 by Chris Bailey and Jason Harrington, who completed their Executive MBAs at Bellarmine last year, won two competitions that netted the company $105,000. GearBrake is a sophisticated motorcycle rear brake light that helps reduce rear-end collisions.
The following month, Steve Arkon, another EMBA graduate, collected a $10,000 prize for his fleet management startup, Personal Mileage Capture, which helps businesses and employees track fleets of company cars. Mr. Arkon began exploring his concept in Dr. Mike Ryan’s strategic management course and further developed it in Dr. David Collins’ MBA project elective course.
Another idea currently incubating in the MBA program is BLoFISH Clothing Co., a non-gender-specific apparel company launched last year by Caroll Logan Manford, who is completing his MBA. After a 2014 launch, BLoFISH quickly found national attention on Instagram and began taking orders online.