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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Two GRCC Students Earn Right to Advance to Regional Idea Pitch Competition

Two Grand Rapids Community College students have qualified to compete at the upcoming regional “Idea Pitch” competition on November 3. Idea Pitch allows students exactly 90 seconds to explain a new idea for a new business. The regional competition will take place at 6 p.m. at Davenport University. A total of 14 students representing seven educational institutions will compete.

The 3rd Annual Idea Pitch Competition is made possible by the collaborative efforts of WMCUG, the West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group, which includes Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College. WMCUG is committed to helping grow entrepreneurship in West Michigan. Continue reading

Video: Idea Pitch Competition

GRCC Idea Pitch Competition Winner - Jeremiah Cornell of Grand Valley State University

GRCC Idea Pitch Competition Winner - Jeremiah Cornell of Grand Valley State University

GRCC hosted the 2nd Annual Regional Idea Pitch on November 18 at 6:00 in the Calkins Science Auditorium.  Two finalists from Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College and GRCC competed for prize money of $1,500; $1,000; $500; $500.  Congratulations to:
  • First Place:  Jeremiah Cornell, GVSU
  • Second Place:  Frank Leonard, GVSU
  • Third Place:  Melanie Creager, Cornerstone University
  • Fourth Place:  Nicolas Rocha, Aquinas College

To watch the competition and awards ceremony – check out this video:

Cheer on GRCC Students at Idea Pitch Competition 11/18/10

GRCC will host the Regional Pitch Idea on Thursday, November 18 at 6:00 in the Calkins Science Auditorium. This event will feature the top two finalists from GVSU, Calvin, Hope, Cornerstone, Aquinas,Davenport, and GRCC. Prize money will be awarded not to mention bragging rights. Please join us as we celebrate the innovative ideas and professionalism of these students.

[Video] Idea Pitch Competition Winners

GRCC held it’s first Idea Pitch Competition last night in the Calkins Science Auditorium. Fifteen finalists, narrowed down from a field of 56 applicants, presented their 90 second “elevator pitch”; followed by a two minutes Q & A time.

Congratulations to the following GRCC students:

  • 1st place: Kevin Adams, I See You
  • 2nd Place: Zachary Schwartz, Trail Blazers
  • 3rd Place: Angela Swinehart, Interactive Savings Program for Kids

Both first and second place will advance to the Regional Idea Pitch Competition on November 18.

Idea Pitch Competition Added to Rotation on GRCC TV

Due to the time sensitive nature of the program we are squeezing in last Thursdays GRCC Idea Pitch Competition held in the Calkins Science Auditorium. The airtimes and link is listed below. It will also be given a regular slot next week.

GRCC Idea Pitch Competition
Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

This program will preempt two airings of the Farmer Jones presentation. The Farmer Jones presentation will appear in the next round of programming to make up for the loss of airtimes this week.