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Idea Challenge

Idea Challenge Winners

(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.

Watch the first place and Rural Reimagined pitches here


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