Hiram College

More than 40 students presented their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges this week at the third annual ideablitz! competition, hosted by the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship.

On Nov. 2, 2011, the students presenting had five minutes to present their idea, followed by three minutes of questions from the judges. Ideas were judged on concept, market need, technological and competitive attributes, pricing, uniqueness and presentation. This was the largest ideablitz! to date, with ideas ranging from the food industry, new product manufacturing, alternative energy and social services.

All participants received feedback about their concepts and presentation, and three levels of prizes were awarded. The third place winner received $500, the second place winner received $1000 and the first place winner received $2000.

The first place winner was the group Worry Free D.D., who developed an idea to provide an on-demand driving service that delivers individuals and their vehicles safely back to their intended destination. In this group were Harrison Dickerhoof ’15, Oliver Dickerhoof ’12, Christian Dowdy ’15, Isaiah Gwynn ’14 and Tiffany Shields ’12.

The second place prize went to the group The Weighted Cleat, who developed an idea about an enhanced athletic shoe designed to improve strength and agility. In this group were Dario Pelemis ’15, Jeff Schofield ’15, Jayveer Sodiwal ’15 and Kamron Patterson ‘15 (not present at the competition).

Third place winners, Mifi Menu Software, developed a concept that could make going to your favorite fast food place and ordering from your vehicle even more convenient. In this group were Claudia Allen ‘15, Maryann Frank ‘14, Elidia Hernandez ’15, Kyle Meggas ’15 and Curtis Webster ‘15.

Judging for this year’s competition were 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.

The Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship congratulates all contestants for their hard work and excellent effort in this competition. For more information about ideablitz! please contact David Kukurza, 330-569-5480, kukurzadj@hiram.edu, Hiram College, Hiram, OH 44234.