The inaugural COBE Innovation Challenge was held last week and eight teams won $1000 – $2000 each. This business model competition for graduates and undergraduates gives students experience in innovation and a chance to practice skills researching, testing new ideas, prototyping, presenting elevator pitches and co-creating with students in other disciplines. Twenty-three undergraduate and graduate teams participated.
The awards ceremony on December 12 began with a welcome address by President Marlene Tromp, followed by keynote addresses from Dean Mark Bannister of the College of Business and Economics and Dean Joanne Lighty of the College of Engineering.
After their inspiring talks, the eight finalist teams — each winning $1000 — presented their elevator pitches and slide presentations.
Global Audience Choice Awards went to the undergraduate Eco Buoy team and the graduate Two Hot to Trot team, each winning $1,000.
The evening culminated with the presentation of the COBE Inspiration Award to Blake Hansen who generously supported the event.
Finalists – Winners
Kaela Cullen, Brandon Miller, Kalyn Walker, Cailey Rankin
Katelyn Bigley, Harvey Shackleton, Jack Conrad, Robby Davis
Not pictured: Olivia Coca, Kaelee Novich, Benton Wickersham, Ellie Woerner
Peter Soderberg, James Soderberg
Austin Ober, Blas Ortiz, Monteen-alyse Ebert, Abby Rogers
Not pictured: Jessica Roberts,
The 5 Flyers
Josh Alvey, Matthew Jones, Holly Syreen, Tai Clymo
Not pictured: Ananth Nibhanupudi,
Dawn Hunter, Dahlton Grover, Jake Schmidt, Louis Leraistre
Team Two Hot to Trot
Chris King, Kate Ellison, Ben Weaver, Chai Pacquing, Colin Cross
Casey Silveria, Sarah Ober-Hick, Jordan Packard
Not pictured: Wenlu McIntosh