Winners Announced in the 2016 Idea Pitch Competition

Author: Andy Kostielney

Students from across South Bend and Mishawaka came to the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, on December 6, to compete in the 2016 Idea Pitch Competition.  

More than 35 students came to the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, with each student having 60 seconds to sell their idea or product to a panel of expert judges. The judges used a grading rubric based on poise, delivery, creativity and practicality. 

High School Winner

Investor's Choice Runner-Up

Michele Hughes 

Michele's idea was the design and delivery of a “Universal Hot/Cold Spoon” device.  A spoon which can inform you if the food your planning on eating is too hot or too cold for your baby or your elderly love one.

Middle School Winners

Best Presentation

Stephen Kimani

Stephen's idea was the design and delivery of the "Wakey Bakey" mist that sent a smell of your choice, including various options like - breakfast bacon or potpourri.

Most Creative Presentation

Jalen Batiste-Waddell

Jalen's idea was the design and delivery of a “Better Hearing Aid for Average Ears” device.