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Invitation to the ideaLabs Competition


Please join us for the ideaLabs 2011 Business Concept Competition to be held on March 31, 2011 at InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

The Competition will spotlight business concepts from undergraduate students representing 10 colleges and universities throughout Northeast Ohio.

Each school’s team and the three best ideas for a new business, product, or service will share awards totaling $20,000 in cash. The contest is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and The University of Akron, and organized by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium of Northeast Ohio.

This year’s competitors will present to a diverse panel of judges:

  • Dorothy Baunach, President Emeritus of NorTech
  • J. Martin (Marty) Erbaugh, Chairman, Board of Advisors, Kent State University and Trustee of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Jeff Walters, Managing Director, CBIZ Accounting, Tax and Advisory Service
  • John Myers, Executive in Residence, University of Akron Research Foundation
  • Karen Spilizewski, Vice President at RiverVest Venture Partners and Vice President at BioEnterprise Corporation
  • Robin Kilbride, President and CEO, Smithers-Oasis

The ideaLabs Business Plan Competition is free but online registration is requested.

Business leaders, investors, students, faculty and families are encouraged to attend.

Reservations: Please RSVP now to attend this important event: (free registration required)

When: Thursday, March 31st, 2011 – 4pm to 8pm. Doors open at 3:30.

Where: InfoCision Stadium at The University of Akron, Club Level, 5th Floor,

Adjacent parking in Lots 9 and 10. A free parking pass is available from Bob Chalfant,

Students from the following schools will be presenting their business ideas:

  • Ashland University
  • Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Hiram College
  • John Carroll University
  • Kent State University
  • Lake Erie College
  • The University of Akron
  • Walsh University

Questions? Contact:

Bob Chalfant
The University of Akron