Hiram College

At ideablitz! 2012, student entrepreneurs presented their original business ideas to a panel of judges, in hopes of winning a grand prize of $500, on Nov. 8, 2012.

The Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship sponsors the event each fall.

After eleven concepts were presented in the form of five-minute pitches, Spencer Birney ’13, took first prize for his idea, “Common Cents.” The idea addresses the hassle of dealing with pocket change.

Richie Webb ’16, took second place and $300, with his idea, “Webb’s Warning Brakes.” The concept, meant to save lives, involves car brake lights that appear different colors, based on how fast or slow a car brakes.

Jacob Vaughan ’16, won third place and $200, for “AA Ponics,” which stands for Arduino Aquaponics, an idea that would grow organic food in areas of high urban concentration or high soil erosion.

The judge panel included Scott Altman, senior vice president for Raymond James Independent Financial Advisors; Joe Bica, mayor of Ravenna; Dar Caldwell, founder and managing partner of Shaker Launchhouse; Daniel Moss, Owner of UnSwing; and Harriet Rubin, author, writer, consultant and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow for the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship.

“The judges all said the quality of the presentations, as well as the creativity and quality and thoughtfulness of ideas, were really stellar,” said Kay Molkentin, Director of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship. “They had a tough time making a decision.”

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