March 28, 2017

IdeaVikes competition moves single student on to IdeaLabs

Barton Wilson will represent Cleveland State University at the annual IdeaLabs competition this spring at Lake Erie College.

His idea “Hive to Thrive” beat four other teams in the IdeaVikes competition March 7 in the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

Each team was allowed 5-7 minutes to sell their idea with a few rules. The idea must be new and original, and developed in the 2016-2017 school year. Following the pitch there was a 3-minute question-and-answer session.

IdeaVikes drew the attention of mechanical engineers, civil engineers, and a few other majors. Victoria Avi, the manager of the sustainable business center in the marketing department, hosted the event.

“The whole idea is to create pathways to become innovative and entrepreneurial as an institution,” she said.

Judges awarded prize money to the winning teams. The prizes were $700, $500 and $200 for first, second and third place respectively. A $200 prize for social enterprise was to be awarded but was not given out.

Second place was awarded to “Pneukinetics” led by senior mechanical engineering student Danny Miller and third place went to “Beautiful Creations.”

According to Avi, IdeaVikes and IdeaLabs have successfully inspired many students to pursue innovative and entrepreneurial careers regardless of their majors.

Cleveland State has had several students place in this tournament such as last year when Swapnil Shah took third at John Carroll University. He received $1,000 for his invention.

Cleveland State is one of 11 institutions that participate in the annual competition known as IdeaLabs. Cleveland State is also one of the founding members of the competition.


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