Hiram College

The Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship at Hiram College hosted its Annual ideabuild2011 competition in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship on the Hiram Campus March 2.

The yearly competition gives students the opportunity to present their new entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of business and marketing professionals. Students had five minutes to explain their idea for a business or product, and then responded to questions from the judges.

The top prize of $3,500 went to Lisa Bartlette, whose idea, “Sweet Abandon,” a system for meeting the core needs of security, serenity, belonging, purpose, and competence in the lives of at-risk Ukrainian orphaned children, topped all other entries in the judges’ eyes. Simone Gabriela ’13 (partnering with Artel Moreira ’13), whose idea, “Morabeza Mail Services,” won the $2,500 second prize, proposed a mail delivery system for a developing country where mail delivery currently does not exist. John Jordan WEC Student, took third place, and the $1,500 prize for his idea, “Push Pals,” a great way to transport children in strollers over different types of terrain such as sand, snow and gravel.

The students’ “pitches” were judged for clarity of concept, understanding of the target market and industry, competitive advantage, business model and the idea’s overall feasibility of implementation. Five other students each won honorable mention and a $500 prize. Prizes are awarded to the top entrepreneurial presentation, all participants are matched up with mentors from the business sector to help develop their ideas further.