Defending Ideas to “Shark Tank” Panel

On December 12, 2016, the students of Kristi Ragan, professor of Economics of International Development had a new form of final exam.  They were challenged to present their launch plan for a product or service that would improve the lives of people in emerging countries. Teams formed and proposed their products or services during a presentation to a panel of seasoned International Development experts in a “Shark Tank” setting.

The winning project team created an emergency transportable refrigeration product for medical supplies called “Refugerate”. The back story, the tragedy of Syrian refugees in need of chilled medicines, and the dire consequences of not having a solution for keeping them cold, persuaded the panel to award this team the top prize.

Thanks to Ms. Ragan’s guidance the students had an opportunity to creatively put their academic knowledge into practice and have their innovations vetted by a panel of professionals.