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The Big Idea Competition

Yesterday, we held the second annual Big Idea Competition in the Cornerstone Arts Center. The Big Idea is a competition for $50,000 in seed money. Last year, three teams shared the $50,000 prize, with the largest portion going to Trevor Barron ’15 and Jessie Marble ’08 for their venture to create the world’s first pocket EEG (brain monitoring) platform.

This year, the winner of the Big Idea Competition with a $25,000 prize was Get Outfitted,a business which “lowers barriers of entry to the outdoors by renting ski and snowboard gear directly to your door using an online service.”  In second place with a $15,000 prize was Koldsnapp, a venture that “helps small businesses avoid freezer and refrigeration disasters and meltdowns in the food business through a fully automated sensor and cloud software intelligent monitoring system.”  Third place and a $10,000 prize were shared between two non-profits; Colorado Springs Food Rescue, which facilitates the sustainable redistribution of food “waste,” and CC2 SEE, an off-campus semester in environmental education program.  Congratulations to our students!

For more information on the Big Idea Competition and last night’s competitors, please visit the Big Idea website.

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