Bryan Nemire ’13 took first place at the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s (EEC) idealabs regional competition on March 21, 2013, at Kent State University. Nemire, an environmental studies and biology major, won with his idea Citrus Icer, a novel product for the agricultural industry.
Nemire represented Hiram, competing with students from ten of the EEC’s eleven member institutions: Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, University of Akron and University of Mount Union. All ten students won the opportunity to represent their college or university by winning at their institution’s campus competition. Nemire won Hiram’s ideabuild! competition sponsored by the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship on February 28.
Seven judges, with a vast depth and breadth of entrepreneurial experience, listened as each team had seven minutes to present their concept and respond to three minutes of questions by the judges. The judges also prereviewed each participant’s concept paper prior to the evening’s presentations. They collectively agreed that they were presented with ten great, plausible ideas, and it was a tough decision to select the top three.
Nemire received encouragement from all the judges, and he plans to continue researching and developing his idea.
The EEC is a consortium of eleven public and private colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio dedicated to providing practical, experiential and theoretical entrepreneurship education to Northeast Ohio undergraduate students of all disciplines.