April 8, 2016

Idea competition brings out Mesa's best

By Office of Communications


The top eight teams of San Diego’s student entrepreneurs squared off against one another on Friday, April 8 for the final round of the idea2innovate (i2i) idea competition, held at Mesa College.

Mesa student Kevin Kirk took first place, which came with a $2,500 scholarship. Kirk’s business idea, Make A Wave, is a social media platform that promotes acts of kindness and tracks good deeds through the passing on of serialized coins.

Two other Mesa College teams placed.  Third place and winning a $1,500 scholarship was Climate - Natalie Robertson, Joseph Dominguez and Clifford Smith.  Fourth place and winning a $1,000 scholarship was The E-tox Box - Da'Neil Olsen, Chase Kopsch and Shafer Bark.  Additionally three other Mesa College teams won Honorable Mention:  Denis Brunstein with Smart Lamp, Surftech - Eric Hight and Matt Myron and Polonia Majas with Youth 1st Organics.

Kirk will represent Mesa, as well as the San Diego and Imperial Counties at the “Get a Taste of Success” statewide student business plan pitch competition in Sacramento, CA on May 6.

 “All of the student teams were amazing and a real testament to the exceptional students we have here at Mesa,” said Business professor Howard Eskew.

Special thanks to President Pamela Luster; VP-Instruction Tim McGrath; Dean of Business and Technology Danene Brown; VP-Administration Rachelle Agatha, as well as Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Joel Arias and Neeko David in the Office of Communications; Anne Zacovic; Michael Fitzgerald and his culinary students; Amanda Horner; Michael Gast; Joe Benedito; Steve Manczuk; Taj Krumholz; TBD and her team in Print & Mail Services; and our facilities team.  A special shout out to student volunteers Minsung Jung, Amairany Nabi, Jessie Zou, Brenda Cardenas, Fiven Eyob and Alain Melindo.

Tags: Students, i2i, 4-year degree