Hiram College
David Kukurza, academic program director for entrepreneurship, presents ideabuild! first place winners Nicole Pueyo Svoboda and Justin Lonis, each with a $1,000 prize.

David Kukurza, academic program director for entrepreneurship, presents ideabuild first place winners Nicole Pueyo Svoboda and Justin Lonis, each with a $1,000 prize, at the 2014 competition.

More than 40 students will put their entrepreneurial ideas to the test as they compete in teams and as individuals in the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship’s annual spring idea competition, ideabuild (TM).

Ideabuild will take place from 5-8 p.m. on March 18, 2015, in the Kennedy Center’s Dix Dining Room. Students will pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win start-up money ranging from $250-$1,000.

Each team or individual will have six minutes to present, followed by three minutes of questions and answers. In their presentations, students will discuss their product or idea’s services, benefits, value proposition, potential customers, marketing, production, intellectual property, start-up capital requirements and more.

The judging panel, Scott Altman, senior vice president of Raymond James, Cathy B. Horton, serial entrepreneur, Joseph Koelliker, president and owner of Koelliker and Associates, Dan Moss, partner of Innovator Solutions, and Chris Romeo, owner of Attention to Detail, will judge ideas based on the following:

  • idea
  • market need, mission, industry and competition
  • technology attributes
  • competitive attributes and pricing
  • uniqueness
  • quality of presentation

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, and new this year, for the best social enterprise idea.

Ideabuild is made possible through a grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the support of alumni and friends. The Best Social Enterprise Award is made possible through a grant to the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium by the Business of Good Foundation.

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