Hiram College


Have a great idea? Want to develop it further? Interested in winning $250, $500, or even $1,000?

ideabuild! 2017 offers students the opportunity to develop a concept, refine it through workshops, and then present it to a panel of judges.

ideabuild 2017 – Contest Information

Date Event Location Time
Feb. 21, 2017 Informational Workshop I East Hall Forum 5:00PM
Mar. 1, 2017 Online Registration Opens online 8:00AM
TBD Workshop 2 – by request East Hall Forum 5:00PM
Mar. 17, 2017 Online Registration Closes online 5:00PM
Mar. 21, 2017 Powerpoint Presentation Deadline online 5:00PM
Mar. 23, 2017 Ideabuild Presentations Dix Dining Hall, KC 5:00PM

The Basic Guidelines

  • ideabuild! is for Hiram undergraduate students only.
  • A team can consist of 1-5 students.
  • The idea/venture must be new and must have been developed in the 2016-17 academic year.
  • You must register your idea/venture AND team (if applicable) and submit a completed Concept Form (see below for more instructions) by 5 PM, March, 17, 2017.
  • You must submit your PowerPoint presentation by 5 PM,, March 21, 2017 (see below for more instructions).

ideabuild! Presentation Format

  • Each entrant/team will have 6 minutes for their presentation followed by 3 minutes of Q&A.
  • There will be a 1 minute transition between contestants.
  • Order of presenters will be randomly determined.
  • PowerPoint presentations will be loaded on a computer/laptop provided by the venue, prior to the start of the event. No changes to presentations once submitted by March 21, 2017.
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive early to view the room setup and check their presentation prior to the start of the event.

Registering for ideabuild! 2017

To participate in ideabuild! 2017 you must register your idea (and team members, if applicable).  Please click HERE to register. Please read through all the information below before going to the site to register!

If registering as a team, you only need to complete one application.  All team members’ information will be submitted through this single registration/application. 

As you complete your registration, note that there are several pages and that you must click “SUBMIT” on the last page.  You also must complete the registration all at one time.  You are not able to stop, save, exit and return at a later date, so we suggest that you type up all your answers to the questions below in a word document and then cut and paste your responses into the Wufoo form.

You will receive an email letting you know that your application has been received and informing you of next steps, i.e. when and how to submit your powerpoint presentation (due March 21, 2017 by 5 p.m.).

To complete the registration form please be sure to have the following information ready:

  1. Idea Name.
  2. Are you entering as an individual or a team?
  3. Is your idea a social enterprise? (note #1-5 in the next section)
  4. General Information on you and each of your team members if applicable:
    1. First & Last name
    2. Class Year
    3. Declared Major and Minor (if applicable)
    4. Email
    5. Cell phone number
    6. Gender
    7. Ethnicity
    8. Ohio Resident?
    9. International Student?
  5. A brief description of your idea.
  6. What industry is best suited for your idea?
  7. What need or perceived problem does your idea address?
  8. Why is your idea unique? How is your product or service differentiated from others in the market?  Be sure to describe in detail.
  9. What group of customers are you trying to reach?
  10. What is going to motivate customers to buy or use your product or service? Please explain.
  11. Please explain how you will reach your customers, i.e., distribution.
  12. Describe what, if anything, is technologically unique about your idea.
  13. What are your estimated costs and pricing? What start-up resources do you need? What is your funding plan? Be specific – give the details of materials, systems, people, etc.
  14. How will you control your costs? How will you have control or gain control over your suppliers and distributors? Describe.
  15. What relationships do you have with other businesses and/or friends that will help you sell your idea? Explain.
  16. Will your idea require intellectual property protection? If you need intellectual property protection, please describe.
  17. What will stop others from duplicating exactly what you’ve done? (Think barrier to entry.)
  18. Who will you be competing against? Are there potential partners or stakeholders? Who are they?
  19. What are the amounts and sources of expected revenues? How will you make money? What is the revenue stream(s)? If social venture, is it sustainable? Who is the primary beneficiary?
  20. How far along are you in developing your idea?

For more information, contact Kay Molkentin (x5256)

ideabuild! 2016:

First Place – Chris Gaines ’19, Alison Cowell ’17 and Taylor Hillyer ’19 with Voice for Life


Second Place – Nate Eaton ’16 with Water Dodger


Third Place – Jordan Canevari ’17 and Stephane Nouafowanko ’18 with Helpr


ideabuild! 2015:

  • 1st Place- Plinko Test Prep, Jeremy Staley, ’16


  • 2nd Place- The Base, Jordan Canevari ‘17


  • 3rd Place- Windshield Cold’zer, Nate Eaton, ’16


  • Social Enterprise Winner – ReCELLcle Run, Michael Mausser ’15 and Su Latt ‘15


ideabuild! 2014:

  • 1st Place- Advanced Balance Board- Justin Lonis ’14
  • 1st Place- Biotikos- Nicole Pueyo Svoboda ’15
  • 3rd Place- Wing-Span- Cory Weddington ’17

ideabuild! 2013:

  • 1st Place- Citrus Icer- Bryan Nemire ’13
  • 2nd Place- Night Cravings- Ethan Holmes ’16 and Janae Bryson ’16
  • 3rd Place- One Touch- Emmanuel Noya ’16, Tom Herchek ’13 and Katherine Gadd ’13

ideabuild! 2012:

  • 1st place – Team InTech- Jameal Welcome, Alejandro Ruiz, Rufin Sime, Andres Ruiz, Kam Patterson
  • 2nd place – Team Novus Te- Anthony Marchi, Gurneet Raina
  • 3rd place – InstaGlove- Rodney Jacobs

ideabuild! 2011:

  • 1st place – Lisa Bartlette
  • 2nd place – Simone Gabriela, Artel Moreira
  • 3rd place – John Jordan

ideabuild! 2010:

  • 1st Place – Jennifer Godwin
  • 2nd place – Tiffany Peake
  • 3rd Place – James Clay
  • Honorable Mentions – Karris Kandel, Alex Dellas, Charlene Milano & Ella Kirk