April 14th was the exciting first round of the IVC Idea Pitch competition. The virtual competition this year was based off the premise that any student, no matter their area of study, may have an idea for a product or service that solves a problem and benefits the community.
Professor John Russo in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department put a new angle on the first round of the competition. It was structured like the reality show “The Voice”, where 13 students pitched their ideas to three entrepreneurial mentors, (Breanna Hale, Michael Sawitz, Leslie Brogden) who battled to pick their team of three to mentor for the next 30 days to bring to the final round. IVC students majoring in computer science, engineering, psychology, and business, along with dual enrollment students from the high school IVC business classes gave some excellent and well-designed pitches.
Nine students including two from our partner high schools (Beckman and University) are moving on to the final round to pitch their idea to industry professionals and investors.
Watch the virtual live event on May 12 from 7 to 9 pm to see the students pitch their exceptional ideas for a chance to win cash and prizes. Zoom registration required.