by Kandace Kohr
The 2019 Innovation Competition at Dickinson recently crowned three winners after rounds of rigorous competition and workshops. This year, the competition welcomed a record number of teams, with a total of 13 competitors.
"The goal of the competition is to offer a competitive platform for entrepreneurial students to pursue an idea that they are passionate about," said Maddy Braybrooke '19 (sociology), a student coordinator for the competition. "Working in interdisciplinary teams, and in collaboration with mentors, students develop their idea over three rounds of competition—idea round, value proposition round, viability and scalability round—to create a business plan. The level of detail increases with each submission, and three teams are then selected to pitch their idea to a panel of alumni, faculty and staff judges in the final round."
The competition hosted three teams in the final round.
The first place team was ECCO, who won $4,000. Judges noted the team's extensive research, deep contemplation of their eco-bikes potential effect on the Carlisle community and well-rounded presentation. Second place, which carried a $2,000 prize, went to Health Care Marketplace, followed by Infinity, which took home a $1,000 prize.
Judging the competition was Josh Levie '06, founder and CEO of Brunch Digital; Sara Love, director of Catamaran, a Harrisburg-based accelerator; Associate Professor of Philosophy Amy McKiernan; and Associate Professor of International Studies and International Business & Management Michael Fratantuono.
Published May 9, 2019