Frank Yang

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Frank Yang set his sights on the world from Huntington County with his Upward Language Company, which is designed to become the premier edutainment social platform for English language learners. With a proprietary distribution channel, the app has gamification, competition, and built-in virality. Frank is using the Fortitude Fund grant to conduct market research, establish regional offices, and register a legal presence in China.

Ashli and Pamela

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Ashli Pershing and Pamela Sprowl are registered nurses working with Parkview Health. They work at Parkview’s Wabash and Huntington hospitals respectively. Both had independently recognized a problem faced by mothers who have just given birth, and each was working on a different aspect of the solution.

When they each presented their ideas to Parkview’s annual innovation competition, the judges noticed their projects’ similarities and asked them to collaborate. They did, and after combining their separate inventions into one, they won the competition, placing first among hundreds on entrants!

Their invention is being refined by a team at Parkview Health and prepared to be licensed to a major medical products company. Their invention can help new mothers across the entire globe have a significantly better birthing experience. As inventors, Ashli and Pamela will share in the proceeds while continuing to serve our region as RNs.