Winners Of GRCC’s Third Idea Pitch Competition

Grand Rapids Community College is proud to present the winners of GRCC’s Third Idea Pitch Competition, held Monday, October 29, 2012. Idea Pitch gives our students and future entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch a well-planned idea to a panel of distinguished judges with passion and in an exciting and professional manner.

First place winner Jeffrey Noel received $800 for his “BookHippie” idea, and Damion Harden earned the $300 award for second place with his “Glow n Walk” concept. Third Place and a $100 award went to Jennifer Vanderploeg for her “ArtMarket” pitch.

The first round of Idea Pitch was open to any GRCC student in any area of study. Noel and Harden emerged from the finalists with their awards and the right to advance to the regional level, where the prizes include $1500 1st place, $1000 2nd place, and two 3rd place prizes of $500 each. The Regional Idea Pitch Competition will be held this year at Aquinas College on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

The three judges for this year’s competition included: Randy Walter, Chief Engineer – GE Aviation, Tony Bowie, Chief Technologist – GE Aviation, and our very own GRCC alum Justin Williams, CEO & Owner – Affordable Limousine & Party Bus LLC and Progressive Properties.

Felix Pereiro, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chairman of the Idea Pitch Competition states, “It is our goal at Grand Rapids Community College to help people in our community turn their dreams into reality. It is our goal to explore the possibilities of reimagining a better world. It is our goal to help nurture that creative spirit in every human being. All great businesses start with an idea!”

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