IUPUI student pitch competition highlights innovative solutions to social and economic challenges

  • Feb. 27, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS -- An innovative plan to tackle obesity and a new e-commerce tool for online purchases are among the ideas students will pitch next week during a competition at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, in partnership with its Center for Research and Learning, will host the third annual Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges on Thursday, March 6.

The student idea "pitch" competition will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, 420 University Blvd.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Thirteen finalists will take the stage this year to share their ideas as the first step in potentially making them a reality. The projects and ventures represent a broad cross section of fields. For example, ideas to be pitched include a system establishing art therapy programs in high-risk schools, an e-commerce tool for use when purchasing clothing online, and a plan to tackle obesity through an innovative new program for college students.

Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges was established to encourage IUPUI students to provide innovative ideas to solve some of the social and economic challenges facing Indiana, the nation and the world. IUPUI students, as individuals or working in teams, are asked to propose new products and/or ventures, within both the for-profit or nonprofit sectors.

The finalists will have three minutes to present their concept or solution to a panel of business community judges using an “elevator pitch” format -- without the benefit of slides or other props. The objective is to convince the judges that an idea is an incredible venture or opportunity. The time constraint challenges the students to present themselves, and their ideas, in a concise and persuasive manner, a skill they will need in their professional lives and as future innovators and entrepreneurs.

The students judged to have the most innovative ideas will be awarded cash prizes of $2,500, $1,500 and $500 for first, second and third place, respectively. Audience members will also have a chance to cast a ballot for their favorite idea in an “Audience Choice” category for a prize of $1,000.

For more information, contact Karen White at kfwhite@iupui.edu or 317-274-1083.

2013 ISSEC finalist makes pitch.

2013 ISSEC finalist makes pitch.

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Diane Brown
Etta Ward