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Coverage on CC’s “Big Idea”

On April 4th, CC hosted “The Big Idea” in which students presented their entrepreneurial proposals to a judging panel in hopes of winning $50,000 to launch their ventures. Twenty-eight teams submitted proposals.

In first place, winning $38,000, was sophomore Trevor Barron’s team, Brayn. Brayn’s goal is to create the world’s first pocket EEG platform that would allow people with epilepsy to track, manage, and eventually predict epilepsy events using their smartphones.

Second place, along with $10,000, went to Francisco Castro’s team, Artizan of the Andes. This project aims to assist rural populations of Ecuador by creating a market for high-quality handicraft products here in the US.

Winning third place and $2,000, was City Roots (Fredrik Lindseth, Jeremy Harlam, and Sara Birmingham) which plans to sell fresh, local fish and produce using aquaponics.

Congratulations to all three winning teams!

The judges included CC alum and Genscape CEO Matthew Burkley. Genscape did a nice piece on The Big idea:

You can watch an edited version of the live web stream Big Idea event at


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