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Are you entrepreneurial and competitive? Hiram offers students a variety of opportunities to put their best ideas on the table and compete for start up money to help make their dreams a reality.

Integrated Entrepreneurship at Hiram College annually hosts a series of idea competitions. ideablitz! is an idea generation and development event held during the Fall 12 week semester. The second idea competition, ideabuild! is held in the Spring 12 week. ideabuild! picks up where ideablitz! leaves off, asking participants to examine the feasibility of their enterprise concepts. The competitions are designed to help anyone with an innovative idea organize and communicate their concept to potential investors and collaborators. Ideas can range from new inventions or solutions to problems, to profit or non-profit enterprises, to projects that respond to a felt need.

For ideablitz!, contestants develop their enterprise idea through the creation of a written concept statement and present the concept to a panel of judges and an audience of friends, family, and enterprise aficionados. Each contestant has six minutes to convince the judges they have a winning idea: a three-minute Rocket Pitch® followed by three minutes of questions.

For ideabuild! contestants test the viability of the enterprise idea by conducting a feasibility study.

Learn more about ideablitz! and see past winners

Learn more about ideabuild! and see past winners

See past MAD Money Challenge winners



Hiram Students Compete in Regional Idea Competitions


Thompson ’17 Takes First at CSU’s Start-Up Vikes Weekend 2015 (left)


Holmes ’16 Wins COSE Small Business Pitch Competition 2015 (center)


Lonis ’14 Wins Cleveland Chapter GSEA (right)


Hiram Student Takes Third at 2014 Regional Idea Competition


Justin Lonis ’14 took Third Place at the Entrepreneurship Education Consortiums’ (EEC) ideaLabs regional competition on April 3rd at Ashland University.  Lonis, an accounting /financial management and communication major and entrepreneurship minor, won with his Advance Balance Board.

Representing Hiram, Lonis competed against students from Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Lake Erie College, Lorain County Community College, Kent State University, University of Akron and University of Mt. Union, all of whom were the top winners at their schools’ competition.  He faced some pretty stiff competition but held on to finish in the top 3 and walk away with a cash prize of $1,000.  Lake Erie College and Ashland University finished 1st and 2nd respectively.

The EEC is a consortium of eleven public and private colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio dedicated to providing practical, experiential and theoretical entrepreneurship education to Northeast Ohio undergraduate students of all disciplines.

Hiram Student Takes Second at Student Business Idea Competition                      


Ethan Holmes ’16 won second place and a $600 check for his business, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce at the Charter One Foundation’s Student Business Idea Competition on April 7, 2014.

His 2-minute video pitch landed him in the final three out of a field of 27 student entries from schools such as Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, Cleveland State, Oberlin College and Walsh University.   The week leading up to the competition the public had the opportunity to vote online.  With the help of family, friends and the Hiram College community, Holmes won the popular vote, which counted as 25% of his final score.

The contest was part of the JumpStart, Inc. 2014 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Holmes attended the conference, and had the chance to pitch his business to potential investors, journalists and resource providers to get feedback, advice on legal matters and exposure.

Hiram Student Takes First at 2013 Regional Idea Competition


Hiram College senior, Bryan Nemire, took First Place at the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s (EEC) idealabs regional competition on March 21st at Kent State University.  Nemire, an environmental studies and biology major, won with his idea Citrus Icer, a novel product for the agricultural industry.

Nemire, representing Hiram, competed with students representing ten of the EEC’s eleven member institutions – Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, University of Akron, and University of Mt. Union.  All ten students won the opportunity to represent their college or university by winning at their institution’s campus competition.  Nemire won Hiram’s ideabuild! competition sponsored by the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship on February 28th.