On three occasions during the month of November, Villanova University students had their creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills put to the test. A 24-hour Android Hackathon was followed by the 24 HR Imagination Quest, and the month concluded with the ICE Challenge IdeaBounce®, presented by the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center).
This year, for the first time, IdeaBounce® was a required activity for all first year students in the College of Engineering and the Villanova School of Business. Earlier this fall, students formed teams and were given one week to come up with their most creative, innovative idea for a new product or service. After each team pitched its idea to the class, students were tasked with voting for the top three ideas. The top teams were then invited to present at the ICE Challenge IdeaBounce® on November 20 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
On the evening of the 20th, without the aid of notes or presentation materials, 19 teams each delivered a 90-second pitch in front of a panel of judges that included industry leaders, associate deans, and the deans of both schools—Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering, and Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the School of Business. Judges were asked to evaluate the clarity of the idea, the passion of the presenter, and the request for help (expertise, financial backing, etc.). Based on the judges’ scores, the top five ideas were announced, with each member of those winning teams receiving $100.