Congratulations to the 2018 Innovative Idea Competition Winners! 

Grand Prize

PureTrip by Salman Alotaibi, College of Engineering ‘19

Global Innovation Prize

Athlete Crush by Thilo Kunkel, School of Sport, Tourism, & Hospitality Management 

1st Place - Upper Track

 Invest Out by Tyrone Glover, Fox School of Business & Management ‘96 

2nd Place - Upper Track

Miranda by Nikolas Revmatas, Fox School of Business & Management ‘19

1st Place - Undergraduate Track

Mouse Motel by Paul Gehret, College of Engineering ‘19

2nd Place - Undergraduate Track

Mailroom by Rahul Nimmagadda, Fox School of Business & Management ‘19

1st Place - Crowd Favorite

PureTrip by Salman Alotaibi, College of Engineering ‘19

2nd Place - Crowd Favorite 

Mailroom by Rahul Nimmagadda, Fox School of Business & Management ‘19

2018 Idea Competition Finalists Listed Below

Undergraduate Track

PureTrip by Salman Alotaibi, College of Engineering ‘19

Puretrip is a portable, efficient, and lightweight washing/drying machine.

Mouse Motel by Paul Gehret, College of Engineering ‘19

Mouse Motel is the next generation of the glue trap—by adding a non-stick silicone border and a trigger mechanism to the classic glue trap design, it has achieved a less than 5% escape rate and an average kill time of 36 hours at similar costs to the classic design.

Organic Oasis by Alexa Gingerich, College of Liberal Arts ‘18

Organic Oasis is an educational community that teaches sustainable, healthy lifestyle habits, via an online platform, to individuals that want to support vegan values, but cannot maintain the diet for various reasons. 

The Wandering Local by Justine Green, Tyler School of Art ‘20

The Wandering Local provides solo travelers a way to pay locals to show them the local and authentic places to go and eat.

Crunch Time by Hunter Hayes, Fox School of Business & Management ‘20

Crunch Time provides a service to those who are struggling to find job opportunities by allowing them to earn a fair value credit wage redeemable at participating grocery stores, restaurants, and other affiliated businesses. 

Mailroom by Rahul Nimmagadda, Fox School of Business & Management ‘19

Not everyone can wait around all day for a package or have it left outside of their home. MailRoom connects people with trusted small businesses and peers in your community that are available for the whole day to receive your package.

Upper Track

PetNA by Laura Cornish, College of Science & Technology ‘18

PetNA is a DNA sequencing service that determines dog and/or cat breeds and discovers potential genetic hurdles furry loved ones may face in the future with convenience and confidence. 

 Invest Out by Tyrone Glover, Fox School of Business & Management ‘96  

Invest Out enables the partnership of home owners who believe that if renovated, their homes would sell for considerably more, with investors interested in adding that value in exchange for a share of the increased profits.

Athlete Crush by Thilo Kunkel, School of Sport, Tourism, & Hospitality Management  

Athlete CRUSH will revolutionize how athletes and sport fans connect. Athlete CRUSH is a sport-specific, user-generated mobile platform that makes athlete webpages obsolete, helps athletes brand themselves through their charity initiatives, and monetize their fan-following through selling unique experiences to fans.

iCherryPik by Steve Levine, Fox School of Business & Management ‘16

iCherryPik provides companies with an ability to capture market intelligence with greater accuracy, representation, and efficiency where participants actually WANT to provide the information. Goodbye low co-op rates; hello reliable results. 

Miranda by Nikolas Revmatas, Fox School of Business & Management ‘19

For the +1.2M international students who have difficulty understanding and navigating the legal system, Miranda, an online legal tech company, provides on-demand, 24/7 remote legal services and integrated tools. Unlike status quo, our solution focuses on empowerment and affordability, dismantling the per-hour model, subsidizing costs with ads and pro bono hours to make services more affordable.

UniSubscription by Ankit Verma, Fox School of Business & Management ‘17  

For people with subscriptions, who need more simpler and convenient way to manage them, UniScription is a one-stop app that will allow the users to manage all their subscriptions under one app.

   

Innovative Idea Competition: Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do? Explain your idea using the simple online application form. You may compete as individuals or in teams, but all contestants must have a Temple affiliation.

 

Who is eligible to compete? Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and faculty/staff* of Temple University’s 17 schools and colleges are all eligible and strongly encouraged to participate.

In addition, Bucks County Community College and Delaware County Community College students are encouraged to participate.

Any other community college students whose school has an articulated agreement with Temple’s Fox School of Business is also eligible (you can check with the Dean of your business department).

  *Faculty/staff who advise student ideas are ineligible to compete. The selection committee reserves the right to determine when a conflict of interest exists.    

Can non-profit company ideas participate in the Idea Competition? For the Idea Competition, non-profit ideas are eligible; however, for the Be Your Own Boss Bowl in the spring, non-profit companies are not eligible to participate.

 

Are there additional eligibility requirements? Yes. Your idea must have earned less than $5,000 in competitions or raised less than $25,000 in capital.

 

Are there restrictions on how the award money from the Idea Competition has to be used? No.

What mentoring benefits are available? IEI hosts two mentoring sessions leading up to the competition: Peer Mentoring (with ESA) held October 10th, and Expert Mentoring with several industry experts on October 16th, the night before submissions are due. Students and alumni are welcome to sign up for an individual mentoring session with one of our expert strategists, offered weekly on Thursdays from 12-2pm (sign up here). Looking for a different kind of mentoring or assistance? Let us know by emailing iei@temple.edu.

How can I be assured that my idea is safe? The Idea Competition honors the confidentiality of all participants’ concepts. Submissions will not be released or copied for any purposes other than use in the Idea Competition. The judges also recognize the sensitivity of the materials being presented. Moreover, all participants, reviewers, judges and committee members are informed that the following is prohibited: Utilizing for commercial gain any material provided to Temple specifically and restrictively for educational purposes without prior permission of the provider. As members of the Idea Competition, all participants, judges, and committee members should consider themselves bound by this code.

That being said, any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by entrants should be considered information that could possibly enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged, or presented in these sessions.


Previous Innovative Idea Competition Winners

2017

GRAND PRIZE WINNER Biomaterix, Emily Kight, College of Engineering '18

Global Innovation Prize Biomaterix, Emily Kight, College of Engineering '18

Undergraduate Track 1st Place: C.A.L.M., Daniel Couser, Fox School of Business and Management '18 2nd Place: VibraSoft, Kyle Jezler, College of Engineering '19

Upper Track 1st Place: Immersive Therapy, Keith Regan, Fox School of Business and Management Alumni 2nd Place: QuickReCon, Alexander Garaschenko, Fox School of Business and Management Alumni

Crowd Favorite 1st Place: My Student Quarters, Jessica Rehrig, College of Liberal Arts Alumni 2nd Place: The Atheroprobe, Laura Navarro, College of Science and Technology '21

2016

Grand Prize $2,500 Pinpointer, Nigel Satenstein

1st Place Graduate, Faculty, Staff or Alumni $1,000 SensiFoam, Conor Vickers

2nd Place Graduate, Faculty, Staff or Alumni $500 Wearable Balance Device, Peter Agada

1st Place Undergraduate $1,000 Regenerative Suspension System. Christopher Ricci

2nd Place Undergraduate $500 Prohibere, Emily Kight

1st Place People's Choice - Crowd Voted $1,000 Pinpointer, Nigel Satenstein

2nd Place People’s Choice - Crowd Voted $500 Oscar the Grouch Matt McCormick

Global Innovation Prize $500 Pinpointer, Nigel Satenstein

2015

Grand Prize Award Quick Stabilizing Carbon Stephen Peduto

Global Award Pound Cake Camille Bell

1st Place, Undergraduate Seed Dyes Tyler Stoltzfus

1st Place People’s Choice Award 1st Place, Graduate Ka Bom Designs Olawunmi Thomas-Quarcoo

2nd Place, Graduate Myjé Severine Bandou

2nd Place People’s Choice Award 2nd Place, Undergraduate Self-Stabilizing Gloves Sabrina Zouaghi

2014

Anne Nelson Grand Prize Lia-Pregnancy Test Redesign Bethany Edwards, School of Media and Communications, 2006

1st Place, Graduate Faculty, Staff or Alumni Roar for Good Yasmine Mustafa, Fox School of Business, 2006

2nd Place, Graduate Faculty, Staff or Alumni Heart Upbeat! Cecilia Scimia, School of Medicine, Faculty

1st Place, UndergraduateSnow Dissolving Light Post Bradley Blosser, Fox School of Business

2nd Place ,Undergraduate Bouyant Pile Sean Webster, College of Engineering

1st Place, People’s Choice Award Roar for Good Yasmine Mustafa, Fox School of Business, 2006

2nd Place, People’s Choice Award Lia-Pregnancy Test Redesign Bethany Edwards, School of Media and Communications, 2006

2013

Futura mHealth Award GrassRoots Nicholas Horn, Fox School of Business

Retail & People's Choice Award Hook Kahn (Karen) Louise Miller, CHPSW

MADV Grand Prize Award Genie Player Zhewei Zhang, Fox School of Business

PAC Strapping Award Screw Up Michael Haley, Fox School of Business

ED Kane Award City Brella Meng Hsuan Tsai, Fox School of Business

Joseph Weiss Award WebTV Joe Doyle, Fox School of Business

Nancy & Bill Baxter Award Greener Greens Michael Ward, Science & Technology

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