Nov 15 • 1 min read

Student pitch their ideas LIVE! at the 22nd Annual Innovative Idea Competition

It was standing room only in the 1810 Accelerator as the 2019 Idea Competition finalists prepared to pitch their ideas to a live audience and judging panel Thursday evening. Finalists, made up of undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, and representing five schools at Temple (The College of Engineering, The College of Liberal Arts, The College of Public Heath, The College of Science and Technology, and The Fox School of Business), had three minutes to make their pitch and two minutes to respond to questions from the competition’s expert judging panel. In the end, six of the twelve finalist ideas came away with a piece of the $7500 prize package, and CLA junior Zimri Hinshaw was awarded the $2500 grand prize for his idea to launch a vegan leather apparel company.


2019 Innovative Idea Competition Winners


The Vegan Leather Co. 

Zimri Hinshaw, College of Liberal Arts ‘20

Upper Track Winners

First Place:

Neck Up

Nikita Patel, Fox School of Business ‘20

Second Place:


Natasha Graves, Fox School of Business ‘18

Undergraduate Track Winners

First Place:


Elliott Fix, College of Engineering ‘20

Second Place:


Adam Gasiewski, College of Science & Technology ‘21

2019 Global Innovation Winner


Gabriel Marte, College of Public Health ‘19

People’s Choice Winners

Dr. Pod

Kavya Sreeram, College of Engineering ’20


Adam Gasiewski, College of Science & Technology ’21