Thanks to all teams that participated in the 2016 Idea Maker Challenge
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Cross-college teams identify a big problem and a potential solution, then pitch their idea to a panel of industry judges.
Only caveat is that the solution must leverage information technology as a key component of the business model.
This is an idea pitch and not a business plan competition, so we are looking for teams that are in the early stages of figuring out how to solve a big problem.
“Keeping the Lights On. Understanding the path from idea to concept to company.”
R.T Custer, co-founder & CEO of Vortic Watches
A 2014 Penn State graduate, R.T. has held down a full time job while building and growing a successful startup that crafts wristwatches with vintage American-made pocket watch movements. R. T will share the tough decisions he’s faced on his journey starting as a student with an “idea” to today as a CEO with employees, rent, and a full fledged business.
Top teams are also fast tracked through the application process for the summer program in the Happy Valley LaunchBox accelerator.
Are you up for the Challenge?
Top 2 teams win a trip to visit a startup or accelerator in San Francisco or D.C. to advance their idea.
3rd place wins a cool tech gadget.
Applications are now closed.