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
Tags: Students, i2i, 4-year degree