Impact Venture Finale Night

May 3rd, 2019 Parmer Hall

Experience the Entrepreneur 5:45pm - 6:45pm

 Live Pitches 7:00 pm

 Eyas Dessert Reception, following Live Pitches

Finale Fueled By:

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 Finale in person or through livestream. We are here to say Congratulations to last year's winners!

1st Place - Meraki Mocha

2nd Place - Book Look University

3rd Place - Life Beyond Boundaries

Best wishes on further pursing the Kingdom through business!

2018 Finalists

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Book Look University

Alec Argento & Alexa Argento Co-Founders

"Buy lower, Sell higher"

Book Look University is a mobile application developed by college students for college students, which aims to help students sell gently used textbooks to other students for a higher return.



Jason Lee - Project Manager (Left to Right)

David Park - Team Lead, Developer (Design)

Lauren Ciccotello - Business & Financial Analysis

TK Sun - Team Lead, Developer (Backend)

Gestur is an iPhone and iPad application that is aimed at allowing translation from ASL to written text, improving communication for the deaf community.

"Bridging communities, one word at a time."

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Life Beyond Boundaries

Life Beyond Boundaries’ mission is to help encourage youth overcome life’s obstacles, while breaking down societal barriers such as, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity and physical or mental disability.

"Encouraging Others and Fiercely Pursuing Your Dreams."

(Left to Right) Gig Settle - Account Strategist

Richard Settle - CEO & Marketing Sales Manager

Alicia Settle - Graphic Designer & Brand Manager

Marc Anderson - Founder

Adam Settle - Chief Visionary Officer


Meraki Mocha

"Global Vision. Local Impact. Individual Purpose."

Meraki Mocha is a farm-to-table café focused on empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by offering employment in an inclusive environment.

Kira Fernandez - Database Programmer

Sierra Wood - Founder & CEO



ServeCentral is a mobile and web application that makes it easy for volunteers to find service events, and for service event planners to find volunteers.

(Left to Right) Tyler Collins - Founder & CEO

Garrett Reichert - Developer

Ben Underwood - Lead Developer

"Serving those who serve"



Keith Lim - Founder and CEO

Sam Bernhardt - Chief Product Officer

Yacoub Seyni - Chief Technology Officer

Yuán is a mobile application that focuses on alleviating the symptoms of depression through a social aspect by providing a platform for authentic relationships.

"You in?"

(Sam and Yacoub not pictured)

2018 Judges

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Jim Bledsoe

Jim Bledsoe was born in Nashville, Tennessee and lived his early childhood in the area of Columbia, Tennessee. Jim majored in Electrical Engineering without fully comprehending the scope of the curriculum and the academic rigor involved, however he knew it paid well. He graduated in 1964 with his BSEE degree and immediately married the love of his life, Jackie in June of that year. After college he joined General Electric Company in Huntsville, Alabama and spent 9 years toiling in obscurity on the Space Program’s Ground Support Equipment through the Moon Landing of 1969.

Jim joined York International as VP of Engineering for the residential HVAC product group and retired in 2005 as VP and General Manager of the York Marine Systems Group. Jim served on the advisory board of both Penn State York and New School of Lancaster. Retirement suits him quite well as he continues to enjoy cooking and observing with a sense of awe the world events and the political landscape.

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Ray Chung

Ray Chung '04 has been with HOPE International since 2011. He graduated from Messiah College with a degree in International Business. Currently, Ray serves at HOPE International (Link) in the area of Human Resources in which he desires to have a highly engaged team to accomplish the mission at HOPE International. In his day-to-day, he works with a great team in the HR department to bring in amazing top-notch talent who fall in love with their mission to serve their clients here and abroad, which insures that HOPE is the best place to work. He has worn many hats in his career: benefits specialist, compensation professional, trainer, marketer, and HR strategist.

Ray describes how it's a huge pleasure to serve on Messiah College Alumni Council, Christian Leadership Alliance Advisory Board, and as board member for the Rider Musser Development. He and wife, and their three children live in Dillsburg and attend The Meeting House - Dillsburg.

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Gayle Lanphier

Gayle Lanphier '96 is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a foodie at heart who believes in keeping all things simple. Nuts About Granola is a local granola company launched in York, PA, with her daughter in 2009. She is the Owner/ VP and proud of it! She has a small retail location in downtown York, PA Market District that offers many local artisan foods as well as great granola. In 2017 they re-branded with a new name, Sarah's Sweet & Savory Snacks (Link), new packaging, and great new flavors.

Her professional practice in Dietetics includes over 20 years of clinical nutrition within Long Term Care as well as 10 years business management experience with Nuts About Granola in the Specialty Food Industry.

Amy Mininger

Amy Mininger ‘92, is an alumni of Messiah College with a BA in Communications. She is also a chief marketing executive and business owner with more than 20 years experience building brands, integrated growth strategies and teams for high-impact performance. She founded MarComFly (Link) in 2002 to provide marketing communications and business development solutions for companies in the technology and professional services industries.

Currently, Amy has made a concerted effort to bring alternative low-cost support programs to associations and non-profits, where staff and resources are minimal. She also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to an international class of adults through United Way.

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Emily Barcklow


Emily Barcklow Mitchell ‘08 is a Alumni of Messiah College with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In 2010 Emily started baking professionally, (inspired by many chocolate-batter-covered spatulas in her mother’s kitchen) for a missions fundraiser while working as an Emergency Room RN at Georgetown University Hospital in DC. In 2011, Emily officially opened Lancaster Cupcake which was founded on the belief that a simple cupcake has the power to positively impact someone’s day.

In 2012, Emily and her husband Jeff Mitchell '08 debuted Central PA’s first Cupcake Truck and were finalists on the popular Food Network show Cupcakes Wars. Lancaster Cupcake now has 3 locations in Lancaster County, PA and 3 Cupcake Trucks servicing events all over Central PA.

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Jacob Specht

Based out of Chicago, Illinois, Jacob Specht ’11 works for Business Technology Partners, LLP, a subsidiary of Miller, Cooper & Co., Ltd., a premier Midwest consulting & accounting firm. Responsible for founding & leading their business analytics practice, Jacob and his team are hyper-focused on empowering organizations to solve business problems by becoming more data-driven. Jacob is a 2011 graduate of Messiah College where he studied Entrepreneurship with a focus on International Business.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Jacob moved to Chicago after graduating to help start Club Automation - the industry leader in health & athletic club management software. Jacob serves on the YoungLife Junior Executive Board and is a member of the Messiah College Alumni Council. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with his family.