Hiram College


Have a great idea? Want to develop it further? Interested in winning $200, $500, or even $700?

ideabuild! 2020 offers students the opportunity to develop a concept, refine it through workshops, and then present it to a panel of judges.

ideabuild 2020 – Contest Information

Date Event Location Time
Feb. 18, 2020 Informational Workshop I East Hall Forum 5:00PM
Feb. 28, 2020 Online Registration Opens online 8:00AM
Mar.  3,  2020 Workshop 2 – by request East Hall Forum 5:00PM
Mar. 20, 2020 Online Registration Closes online 5:00PM
Mar. 24, 2020 Powerpoint Presentation Deadline online 5:00PM
Mar. 26, 2020 Ideabuild 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 2019-20 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, 20, 2020.
  • You must submit your PowerPoint presentation by 5 PM,, March 24, 2020 (see below for more instructions).

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 24, 2020.
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive early to view the room setup and check their presentation prior to the start of the event.

Please read through all the information below before going to the site to register! Registration opens February 28, 2020.

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 24, 2020 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. 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. Etnicity
    8. Ohio Resident?
    9. International Student?
  4. Is your idea a social enterprise? A social enterprise applies innovative strategies to generate social (i.e., human or environmental) and economic impact with a scalable and sustainable business model. A brief description of your idea.
  5. Problem Being Addressed: What need or perceived problem does your idea address? If a social idea, what is the social issue (human, animal or environmental) that your idea seeks to address?
  6. Product/Service Description: Provide a brief description of your idea. What is  your product or service? Be clear and concise. Make sure the reviewers “get it!”
  7. What industry is best suited for your idea?
  8. Why is your idea unique? How is your product or service differentiated from others in the market?
    1.  Describe what, if anything is technologically unique about your idea. (If you have no new technology please list N/A.)
    2. Will your idea require intellectual property protection? (Some ideas begin uniquely and need to be legally protected.)
    3. If you need intellectual property protection, please describe (if not list N/A.)
  9. Target Audience & Market Size: What group of customers are you trying to reach? What is the rough size of the market for your product/service? If a social idea, who or what are the primary beneficiaries of your social idea? Who or what are you impacting/ Please explain.
  10. What is going to motivate customers to buy or use your product or service? Please explain.
  11. Marketing Efforts: How will you reach your customers, i.e., distribution? If a social idea, how will you market your product/service to A. your customers? and B. your beneficiaries as stated above in #4 (if applicable)?
  12. Competition: Who will you be competing against? What other companies or organizations exist that provide a similar product or service and/or operate to solve the same problem?
  13. Enterprise Structure & Financial Plan: What type of enterprise structure are you thinking of? For-Profit, Non-Profit, Hybrid
  14. What are your expected revenues? How will you make money? What is the revenue stream(s)? If social venture, is it sustainable? Who is the primary beneficiary?
  15. What are your estimated costs and pricing? What start-up resources do you need? What is your future funding plan? How will you control your costs? How will you have control or gain control over  your suppliers and distributors? Be specific – give the details of materials, systems, people, etc.
  16. Management Team: Please describe your (or your Team’s) skills to launch and sustain this idea. What other skills or expertise might you need and how will you require them? What relationships do you have with other businesses and/or friends that will help you launch and sustain your idea? Explain.
  17. Select the best description of your progress thus far on this idea.

    Registering for ideabuild! 2020

    To participate in ideabuild! 2020 you must register your idea (and team members, if applicable).  

For more information, contact David Kukurza (x5480)

ideabuild! 2019:

At the tenth annual ideabuild! competition on March 22, 2019, twelve innovative and interesting ideas were pitched by 34 students from 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. Additionally, ideas that identified as a social enterprise were also critiqued on social impact and ability to sustain, and competed for a separate $1,000 MAD Money Challenge cash prize.

First Place – Peter Sullivan ’20 with We-Can

First Place MAD Money Challenge: Allison Vannoy ’18 and Kayla Yost ’18 with Shuck-It!

Second Place – Mac Magyaros ’22 with Manufacturing Streamline

Third Place – Ben Winovich ’22 with Leafy

ideabuild! 2017:

First Place – Justin Joyce ’19, Braden Davison ’19, Alyse Gillentine ’18 (not pictured) with Sticky Patch

First Place Awardees

Second Place – Bryan Burrows ’19 with Eco-Mask

Third Place – Alexis Leombruno ’18, Samantha Capps ’20, Julie Lenoir ’18, Marley Oles ’18, Samantha Canepa ’18, and Kayla Moore ’18 with Halo Band


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