An idea concept that would stop the spread of germs and encourage moderation at parties took first place at the Center for Entrepreneurship’s annual ideablitz! competition on Nov. 6, 2014.
Each year, students showcase their business concepts and product ideas at the competition. Thirty-two students presented nine ideas at this year’s competition, displaying the vast array of entrepreneurship talent at Hiram College. Teams or individuals present five-minute pitches to a panel of judges, followed by a three-minute question and answer session. Students were judged on the following:
- Idea or concept
- Market need and Industry
- Technology attributes
- Competitive attributes and pricing
- Quality of Presentation
Valentine Fosu ’15, Su Latt ’15, Michael Mausser ’15, Mai Myat ’17 and Santiago Montano ’17 presented My Cup, the winning idea, and took home $500. My Cup is a disposable cup that helps users remember which is theirs and how much they have had to drink.
Carissa Clark ’16 and Ben Doak ’15, won second place and $300 with their idea ALCOmpanion. David Perkins ’18, Akili Tate ’17, Brandon Rivers ’17 and Marcus Moxley ’18, won third place and $200 for their idea, WiFi Protected Phone Case.
Judges included: Scott Altman, senior vice president, Raymond James; Joseph Koelliker, president and owner, Koelliker and Associates; Julie Messing, executive director for entrepreneurship initiatives, Kent State University; Dan Moss, owner, UnSwing; and Chris Romeo, owner, Attention to Detail.
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