Six teams with business concepts that could create a better world will compete in the finals of the Ideas to SERVE (Socially and Environmentally Responsible Value Enhancement) Competition on Wednesday March 16 at Georgia Tech College of Management.
They will present their concepts at a special presentation of the IMPACT Speaker Series, called Students Who IMPACT, at 4:30 p.m. in LeCraw Auditorium (College of Management building). A panel of judges will select the winners, with the awards announced at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Organized by Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the Ideas to SERVE Competition is open to all Georgia Tech students and recent alumni who have an early-stage product/service idea or venture concept that could help solve social issues or sustain the environment.
Finalist teams, representing a variety of disciplines from engineering and architecture to management, will compete for $6,000 in combined prizes. Twenty-six teams (including both graduate and undergraduate students) competed in the preliminary round on March 10.
During the finals, each team will have three minutes to present their ideas, and then will answer questions from the judges. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Attendees can vote on their favorite idea and will be eligible for various door prizes.
"This competition fills a niche that's very valuable, not only to the College of Management, but also to Georgia Tech as a whole," says ILE research scientist Dóri Pap. "It really showcases the Institute's best examples of social entrepreneurship."
I2S Finalists include:
Judges for the finals include: Jerome A. Atkinson, principal of Turning Point Private Capital; Karen Robinson Cope, managing partner of Atlanta Technology Advisors; Arun Gore, managing director of Gray Ghost Ventures; Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and John C. Staton Jr., retired partner of King & Spalding LLP.
The master of ceremonies is Kathleen Kurre, CEO of TechBridge.
Sponsors include Gray Ghost Ventures, MaRC Sustainable Design & Manufacturing, the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech College of Management, Tedd Munchak Chair in Entrepreneurship, and Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship