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

ideabuild! 2015 offers students the opportunity to develop a concept, refine it through workshops, and then present it to a panel of judges.


Do you have a social enterprise* idea?

You could qualify to win $1,000.00!!!!

Be sure to attend the Fireside Chat on February 18th to learn more. 

*A social enterprise applies innovative strategies to generate social (i.e., human or environmental) and economic impact with a scalable and sustainable business model.   

ideabuild 2015 - Contest Information






Informational Workshop I

East Hall Forum



Social Enterprise Chat

East Hall Forum



Online Registration Opens




Workshop 2 – by request

East Hall Forum



Online Registration Closes




Powerpoint Presentation Deadline




Ideabuild Presentations

Dix Dining Hall, KC


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 2014-15 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, Friday, March 6th.
  • You must submit your PowerPoint presentation by 11:59 PM, Monday, March 16th (see below for more instructions). 

Registering for ideabuild! 2015

To participate in ideaBuild! 2015 you must register your idea (and team members, if applicable).  Please go 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 within 48 hours 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 Monday, March 16th by 11:59 PM). 

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

  • Idea Name.
  • Are you entering as an individual or a team?
  • Is your idea a social enterprise?
  • 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?
  • A brief description of your idea.
  • What industry is best suited for your idea?
  • What need or perceived problem does your idea address?
  • Why is your idea unique? How is your product or service differentiated from others in the market? If you are a Social Enterprise, is your mission affecting a system, a cause, or a symptom? Be sure to describe in detail.
  • What group of customers are you trying to reach?
  • What is going to motivate customers to buy or use your product or service? Please explain.
  • Please explain how you will reach your customers, i.e., distribution.
  • Describe what, if anything, is technologically unique about your idea.
  • 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.
  • How will you control your costs? How will you have control or gain control over your suppliers and distributors? Describe.
  • What relationships do you have with other businesses and/or friends that will help you sell your idea? Explain.
  • Will your idea require intellectual property protection? If you need intellectual property protection, please describe.
  • What will stop others from duplicating exactly what you’ve done? (Think barrier to entry.)
  • Who will you be competing against? Are there potential partners or stakeholders? Who are they?
  • 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?
  • How far along are you in developing your idea?

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 16th.
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive early to view room setup and check their presentation prior to the start of the event. 

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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


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