Hiram College

Jeremy Staley ’16 was awarded first place at ideabuild for his smart phone game/app Plinko Test Prep. Photo by Kasey Samuel Adams.

A smart phone game/app that would help high school students study for the ACT and SAT took first place in Hiram College’s spring idea competition, ideabuild (TM), on March 18, 2015.

The idea, Plinko Test Prep, was presented by education major Jeremy Staley ’16, of Reading, Ohio, who took home a $1,000 prize for his first place finish. He drew inspiration from the popular game/app Trivia Crack, which became the most downloaded game on the Apple App store in December 2014.

Plinko Test Prep was one of 14 ideas presented at the idea pitch competition, sponsored by the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship. Individuals or teams each had six minutes to present their concept or idea to a panel of judges, followed by three minutes of questions and answers. In their presentations, students discussed their idea’s services, benefits, value proposition, potential customers, marketing, production, intellectual property, start-up capital requirements and more.

Jordan Canevari ’16, of Vero Beach, Fla., took home second place and $500 for his idea “The Base,” a simple, but well-received late-night dining option for the Hiram College campus. Nathaniel Eaton ’16, of South Euclid, Ohio, took home third place and $250, for his idea “The Windshield,” a thin, heated mat that can be placed on windshields to combat overnight snow and ice build up.


Seniors Su Latt and Michael Mausser were awarded $1,000 for pitching the best social enterprise idea. Photo by Kasey Samuel Adams.

New this year, $1,000 was also awarded to the best social enterprise idea, thanks to a grant to the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium by the Business of Good Foundation. That prize went to Su Latt ’15, of Myanmar, and Michael Mausser ’15, of Sagamore Hills, Ohio. Their idea, ReCELLcle Run, involves a 5K run/walk that promotes recycling old electronics and distributing the ones that are still useable to nonprofits. A social enterprise applies innovative strategies to generate social and economic impact (human, or environmental) with a scalable and sustainable business model.

Students were judged on their ideas’ market need, mission, industry and competition; technology attributes; competitive attributes and pricing; uniqueness; and quality of presentation.The judging panel included local professionals and entrepreneurs, Scott Altman, senior vice president of Raymond James, Cathy B. Horton, serial entrepreneur, Joseph Koelliker, president and owner of Koelliker and Associates, and Al Meszaros, founder and partner of Midwest Investments.

On March 31, 2015, first-place winner Staley will face off against his peers from other colleges/universities in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium at ideaLabs.

Ideabuild is made possible through a grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the support of alumni and friends. View more photos of ideabuild 2015 (by Kasey Samuel Adams).

[btn link=”http://www.hiram.edu/entrepreneurship” color=”grey” size=”size-m”]Learn more about entrepreneurship at Hiram College.[/btn]