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Revolutionary Agricultural Concept Takes First Prize in Idea Competition

Left to right: Dave Kukurza, academic program director; Bryan Nemire ’13, first place winner in ideabuild! 2013; Kay Molkentin, director of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship.

Students showcased their entrepreneurial ideas at the annual ideabuild! competition on February 28, 2013.

Bryan Nemire ’13, an environmental studies major, took first place for his idea, the Citrus Icer, a novel agricultural product. With the first place win, Nemire won $1,000 to further develop his concept. Nemire will represent Hiram College at the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium competition against nine other schools, at Kent State University, on Mar. 21, 2013.

A team of freshmen, Ethan Holmes and Janae Bryson, took second place for their concept, Night Cravings. This idea outlined a late-night food option for students on small campuses, which the students are interested in launching at Hiram College, and then franchising out to other area small schools. The team won $500 to develop the concept.

Taking third place, and $250 to develop the concept, were Emmanuel Noya ’16, Tom Herchek ’13 and Katherine Gadd ’13, for their idea, One Touch. This concept involved smart phone technology.

In all, 25 students, working as individuals and as teams, presented 11 concepts to a panel of judges, including Scott Altman, Senior Vice President, Raymond James; Joseph Koelliker, President/Owner, Koelliker and Associates; Daniel Moss, Owner of UnSwing; and Bonnie Warren, Owner, Comfort Keepers.

Dave Kukurza, academic program director for entrepreneurship, worked with the students prior to the competition in developing their ideas through workshops.

This is the fourth year Hiram College has hosted both ideablitz! (the fall semester competition) and ideabuild!. Kay Molkentin, director of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, said she is happy to see the program has been growing each year.

Learn more about the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship.

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