(L-R: Bailee Kauffman, Eric Pardue, Emma McDonald)
The first ever Idea Challenge was held on Tuesday Nov. 12, 2019!!
This event was a fast paced elevator pitch competition, where each contestant or team had 90 seconds to describe their idea for a business, product, service or other innovative concept.
This was the second major Innovation & Entrepreneurship event of the 2019-2020 school year, a program which empowers students, faculty and staff to create a brighter future through creativity and innovation. The event hosted nearly 40 students representing 10 majors across seven colleges. Students were challenged to pitch an innovative solution to a problem.
The first-place winner who received a $1,000 scholarship was Bailee Kauffmann (Marketing) with her LifeSTIR idea. Eric Pardue (Business Management) won second place and a $500 scholarship, and Emma McDonald (Accounting) won both third place and the Rural Reimagined award totaling $750 in scholarships.
All of the participating students’ ideas were creative and innovative, and the winners are excited to use their scholarships to invest in their ideas.