Big Idea Contest Winners

May 1, 2019

Bradley's Big Idea Contest announces the winning innovative ideas from the competition.

John Nogaj won 1st place and $8,000 for BAGG: A product that prevents extra long items in the back of trucks from sliding out. Nogai is a senior Mechanical Engineering major.

Nik Hess, a senior Entrepreneurship major; Natalie Grande, a senior Marketing (Global Supply Chain Management); and Michael Mounce, a senior Entrepreneurship major won 2nd place and $5,000 for Dyme: An online clothing rental business that allows the user to make money on clothing that is just hanging in their closet.

Franklin Kostecki is a Mechanical Engineering freshman, Max Ephraim is an Industrial Engineering sophomore, Jacob Culver is a Mechanical Engineering sophomore, and Erik Ortiz is a Mechanical Engineering junior. They placed 3rd and won $2,000 for Postal Patrol: A product that eliminates theft of packages delivered to homes/apartments by providing a secure box large enough to hold packages.

Caleb Weisman, a senior Communication (Sports Communication) major, Karina Gabrielova a graduate student studying Business Administration, and Andrea Jara Reyes a junior Entrepreneurship and Marketing student placed 4th and received $1,000 for The Locals: A service that provides local guides for travelers to assure they receive a rich, cultural travel experience.

Justin Giordano is a senior Management and Leadership major who came in 5th place and received $500 for WHIP: An app for college students that acts similar to Uber, but where students can make money and student passengers can know their driver instead of getting into a vehicle with a stranger.  

The Big Idea contest started with 37 ideas. Students developed their idea, then gave an elevator pitch to judges, and created a trade show booth to explain and promote their idea to hundreds of visitors. The finalists were required to write a complete business plan with financial projections for the first three years, and give a 10-minute presentation to the judges.

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Big Idea judges watch the presentations.