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Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Display at Villanova “Pitch Day,” April 24

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Beyond Ideas: Art of Entrepreneurship program at Villanova University, together with the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center), presents the 2012 Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition (VSEC) on April 24. A student competition for currently enrolled Villanova undergraduate and graduate students, VSEC spans one semester and allows students to create the first parts of a product/service/idea and develop it through two stages of entrepreneurship within the competition.

VSEC was founded in 2009 by Ronald Warzoha ME’08, MSME ‘09 and current Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, and Timothy Montalbano ME ’08, MSME ‘10. The competition has since evolved into a broad ranging, overarching entrepreneurship competition designed to give students at Villanova the experience of innovating, creating and designing products, businesses or services to fill a variety of needs in today’s world.

The VSEC competition attracts students from each of the University’s colleges and schools, with the 2012 competition featuring 42 different teams of students. The top three student teams will be awarded prize money, with other prizes awarded to categorical winners (i.e. The Halloran Prize for Best Social Entrepreneurship Venture).   Click here to find out more about VSEC

This year, the ICE Center has helped combined the energy and excitement surrounding VSEC with other entrepreneurship opportunities on campus by creating “Pitch Day.” The event will feature an afternoon of interdisciplinary presentations, connections and engagement among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University. The following programs will host final presentations on campus as part of the Pitch Day series of programming:

  • Mobile Applications Course
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Project Presentations
  • VSB Entrepreneurship Minor Program
  • Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competitions
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship Trade Show

The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center), a center of excellence housed within the Villanova School of Business, is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. ICE Center initiatives provide value to a number of key stakeholders: to students, by offering courses and programs that enable them to further differentiate themselves as entrepreneurial thinkers; to faculty, by providing resources to support research in ICE-related topics; to the Villanova community by seeking ways to foster cross-college learning to embed entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the culture. Click here to learn more about the ICE Center.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.