Mannering, a Strategic Communications senior in the WVU Reed College of Media, and her business partner, mechanical engineering major Michael Brinkley, successfully pitched and promoted their invention to five judges and a live audience during four rounds of competition.
“To be completely honest, we were shocked when we won,” said Mannering. “We just believed in our product and hoped that everyone else loved our idea as much as we do. Winning the competition was truly an indescribable feeling.”
Their business, Mountain Momma, is currently in the prototyping phase of making the customizable stomp pads. The idea came to them over Christmas break when Brinkley was getting ready for snowboarding season. He needed a new stomp pad for his board and after searching the internet, he and Mannering realized that there wasn’t much variety in the industry today.