Get ready to pitch your ideas!
ideablitz! is a venue for Hiram students to develop and present innovative ideas, ranging anywhere from new inventions to improvements on existing inventions to not-for-profit enterprises responding to alleviate a local or global problem.
Students can compete individually or as a team with up to five members, with the chance to win cash awards of $500 (1st Place), $300 (2nd Place) or $200 (3rd place).
Each presenter or team has six minutes to pitch their idea to the panel of judges followed by a two-minute question and answer session. The judges will determine the top three prizes finishers based on these criteria: Idea or Concept; Market Need and Industry; Technology Attributes; Competitive Attributes and Pricing; Uniqueness; and Quality of Presentation.
Ideablitz! will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 5-8:30 pm in the Dix Room of the Kennedy Center.
To better help you prepare, we offer two workshops:
Workshop 1: What You Need to Know to Pitch at Blitz!
Oct. 2, 2018, 5:30-7pm, East Hall Forum
Workshop 2: Perfect Your Pitch for Blitz!
TBD, 5:30-6:30pm, by appointment ONLY.
Registration Opens – Oct. 22, 2018.
Registration Closes – Nov. 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.
The Basic Guidelines
- ideablitz! 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 after Jan. 1, 2018.
- You must register your idea/venture AND team (if applicable) and submit a completed Concept Form (see below for more instructions) by 5 PM, Nov. 2, 2018.
- You must submit your PowerPoint presentation by noon, Nov. 6, 2018 (see below for more instructions).
ideablitz! 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.
- Participants are encouraged to arrive early to view the room setup and check their presentation prior to the start of the event.
Registering for ideablitz! 2018
To participate in ideablitz! 2018 you must register your idea (and team members, if applicable).
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 Nov. 6, 2108 by NOON).
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?
- General Information on you and each of your team members if applicable:
- First & Last name
- Class Year
- Declared Major and Minor (if applicable)
- Cell phone number
- Ohio Resident?
- International Student?
- A brief description of your idea.
- What industry is best suited for your idea?
- What problem does your product/service solve?
- What is your product/service being offered? Be specific, give a detailed description. Give your product or business a name. How is the product or service differentiated from others on the market? Why is it different and what makes it special?
- What is the value proposition? What value are the customers receiving from your product or service? What are the features and benefits of the product or service?
- Who is the customer? Who is your perfect customer? Will you be selling to an intermediary or to the end user? How will you find them? What is the demand of your product or service?
- What kind of relationship do you expect to have with your customers?
- How will you get your product/service to your customer? Describe the product or service value chain (distribution system). What marketing tactics will you use?
- What are the key activities that you will need to do to launch your product/service?
- What are the key resources you will need to launch your product/service? What start-up resources do you need? Be specific; give the details of machinery needed, the materials needed, systems needed, etc. What about intellectual property?
- What key partnerships will you need to develop? Are there any key partnerships needed/available? Has someone already developed a similar product or idea? Can you improve on what already exists to differentiate and can advantage?
- What are your estimated costs and expenses to get started? How much will it cost to produce your product/service? Do you know what the competition charges?
- Where will your revenue come from? How will you make money? What is the revenue stream(s)? What are you going to charge for it? When is your projected break-even point?
For more information, contact Kay Molkentin (x5256)
At the ninth annual ideablitz! competition November 9, 2017, twelve ideas were pitched by students across the college to a panel of judges. Each team had six minutes to present followed by three minutes of Q&A. Ideas were judged on concept, market need, technological and competitive attributes, pricing, uniqueness and presentation.
First Place – Brian Crowther ’21, Paris Carter ’21, Darrius Edwards ’21, Dominic Dualan ’20 and Yui Chikazawa ’20 with Kinetic Charger Case.
Second Place – Piper Magyaros, Mason Briggs and Mac Magyaros with Combone Phone.
Third Place – Bryan Burrows ’19 with BitBlock.
At the eighth annual ideablitz! competition November 10, 2016, twelve ideas were pitched by students across the college to a panel of judges. Each student or team had six minutes to present followed by three minutes of Q&A. Ideas were judged on concept, market need, technological and competitive attributes, pricing, uniqueness and presentation.
The top three winners were:
First Place – Chase Kelley ’20, Evan Harris ’17 and Ricky Hampton ’18 with Kinda A Big Dill
Second Place – Andrew Buxa ’17, Patrick McKiernan WEC and Travis Koteles WEC with Always Clear
Third Place – Joseph Touhey ’20 and Liam Osborne ’20 with SafeKey Lock
At the seventh annual ideablitz! competition November 12, 2015, eleven ideas were pitched by students across the college to a panel of judges. Each student or team had five minutes to present followed by three minutes of Q&A. Ideas were judged on concept, market need, technological and competitive attributes, pricing, uniqueness and presentation.
The top three winners were:
First Place – Richie Webb ’16 with Cold One Done
Second Place – Kayla Kennedy with AccuSci
Third Place – Diego Navar ’19, Rebecca Pochedly ’18, Allison Vannoy ’18, and Jeff Rose ’18, with Dine-n-Dash
At the sixth annual ideablitz! competition November 6th, 2014, nine ideas were pitched by students across the college to a panel of judges. Each student or team had five minutes to present followed by three minutes of Q&A. Ideas were judged on concept, market need, technological and competitive attributes, pricing, uniqueness and presentation.
The top three winners were:
First Place – My Cup
Michael Mausser ’15, Su Latt ’15, Valentine Fosu ’16, Mai Myat ’17, and Santiago Montano ‘17
Second Place – ALCOmpanion
Karissa Clark ‘16 and Ben Doak ’15 (not pictured)
Third Place – WiFi Protected Phone Case
David Perkins ‘17, Akili Tate ‘17, Brad Rivers ‘17, Brendan Carr ‘18 and Marcus Moxely ‘18
At the fifth annual ideablitz! competition on November 7, 2013, fourteen innovative ideas were pitched by students from across the college to a panel of outside judges. Each student or team had five minutes to present followed by two minutes of Q&A. Ideas were judged on concept, market need, technological and competitive attributes, pricing, uniqueness, and presentation.
The top three winners were:
First Place – Nicola Pedretti ’16
Second Place – Nicole Pueyo Svoboda ’15
Third Place – The team of Devonta Fleetion, Michael Helco, Margaret Picolo, Richard Simpson, and Andrew Torres, all 2014 graduates
Judges: Scott Altman, Senior Vice President, Raymond James; Joseph Koelliker, President and Owner of Koelliker and Associates; Al Meszaros, Founder and Partner of Midwest Investments; Dan Moss, Owner of Unswing; Chris Romeo, Owner of Attention to Detail.
First Place – Spencer Birney ’13
Second Place – Richie Webb ’16
3rd Place – Jacob Vaughan ’16
Judges: Scott Altman, Senior Vice President, Raymond James; Dar Caldwell, Founder and Managing Partner of Launchhouse; Daniel Moss, Owner of UnSwing; and Joe Bica, Mayor, City of Ravenna; and Harriet Rubin, author, consultant, and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.
First Place – Harrison Dickerhoof ’15, Oliver Dickerhoof ’12, Christian Dowdy ’15, Isaiah Gwynn ’14 and Tiffany Shields ’12
Second Place – Dario Pelemis ’15, Jeff Schofield ’15, Jayveer Sodiwal ’15 and Kamron Patterson ’15
Third Place – Claudia Allen ’15, Maryann Frank ’14, Elidia Hernandez ’15, Kyle Meggas ’15 and Curtis Webster ’15
Judges: Scott Altman, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Bank Investments; Dar Caldwell, Founder and Managing Partner of Launchhouse; Matt Minarik, President of Hi-Q Group; Daniel Moss, Owner of UnSwing; and Chris Romeo, Owner of Attention to Detail.
First Place -Lisa Bartlett
Second Place -John Jordan & Karen Ising
Third Place -Allison Steele, Artel Moreira (partnering with Simone Gabriela) & Caitlyn Ruese
Honorable Mentions -John Kesegich, Jessica Fross, Michelle Rosenbaum, Corey Trusso & Nana Kwamena Takyi-Micah
Judges: Jennifer (Godwin) McCarty, Senior Account Executive at JWT Action; George Rose, Accounting & Economics Instructor, Retired; Brad Myers, CEO PeopleKeys®
First Place – Tiffany Peake
Second Place – Alex Dellas & Jennifer Godwin
Third Place – Jennifer Warren, Teri Bradshaw & Anthony Morgan
Honorable Mentions – Bonnie Brentar, Marc Parker, Tim Isaac& Stephen Dunn
Judges: Stephen Behm, University Hospitals of Cleveland; Barry Conway, Conway Greene; John Dearborn, Jumpstart, Inc.; Robin Harbage, EMB America LLC; Mary Holmes, MKH Consulting