LMU New Idea + Elevator Presentation Competition

FOR ALL LMU STUDENTS, FROM ANY MAJOR OR COLLEGE, GRADUATE OR UNDERGRADUATE 

Have you ever hit yourself over the head and said, "I thought of that idea a long time ago," when a new idea hit the market and was a big success? Now's the time for you to put your idea on paper and enter the New Idea & Elevator Presentation Competition!

Cash Rewards


Each finalist chosen for the Elevator Presentation (up to 10) will receive $100.

1st Place - $2500
2nd Place - $1500
3rd Place - $500
Best Presentation - $300
Best Idea - $200
Each Finalist - $100

Deadline: TBD

Submit a 2-page (max) description of your NEW BUSINESS IDEA that shows (with sketches, if appropriate) what it is, what problem you are solving, how this idea solves the problem, the market, who your customers are, possible costs and sell prices, etc., and demonstrates that it is a feasible idea. If you are chosen as a finalist in the Elevator Presentation Competition, you will be given 90 seconds to present your idea to a panel of judges and convince them it's a grand idea worthy of being born! The concept is that you just stepped onto an elevator going to the 66th floor - the only other person on the elevator is Bill Gates!

SPONSORED BY:
Joyce and Don Nores, LMU Grads, Entrepreneurs, Supporters of LMU Students

 

2013 Winners

 


Finalists
(l-r)

Chandler Kear, Laura Cepeda, Michelle Monsanto, Nolan Simons, Lauren Saylor, Connor Evans, Kevin Mai and Kevin Osorno

 

First Place
NOLAN SIMONS: Revita Ink
Second Place
CONNOR EVANS: Stable Table
Third Place
LAUREN SAYLOR: Evo Goggles
Best Idea 
KEVIN MAI: Budsleeves
Best Presentation
CHANDLER KEAR: iPhone Cosmetics



2012 Winners

 


Finalists
(l-r)

Andrew Bentley, Gretchen Helpenstell, Jes Birkhart, Paige Pennington, Charlie Horton, Adriana Moyano, Andreas Seckler, Stephanie Shapiro, Stephen Walden, Daniel Falaleyev and Silvia van Wingerden 

 

First Place
CHARLIE HORTON: Rental App 
Second Place
STEPHEN WALDEN: Handle It Shovel 
Third Place
DANIEL FALALEYEV: Omni Crutch 
Best Idea 
PAIGE PENNINGTON: Immediate Helper 
Best Presentation
ADRIANA MOYANO: Citizen Water 



2011 Winners




Finalists
(l-r)

Alexander Moore, Cesar Garcia, Dollie Lascheid, Casey Escovedo, Jillian Jaccard, Jesse Danzig, Christian Pepe, Ahnalise Draper, Julie Ann Fan, Patrick Hinds, Bryce Majors, Jian Guan 

 

  First Place
JESSE DANZIG: E-Receipt
Second Place
JILLIAN JACCARD: Partie Poche
Third Place
CHRISTIAN PEPE: Wine Glass Buffer
Best Presentation
JULIE ANN FAN: Mobile ATM



2010 Winners



 

Finalists
(l-r)

Derek Browers, Julian Pisani, Marc Hatfield, Jesse Danzig, Kelly Lui, Kevin Harter, Jon Thomas, Travis Falstad

 

First Place
KELLY LUI: RFID Remote Home Door Locking System 
Second Place
MARC HATFIELD: Mission Root Health Drink
Third Place
KEVIN HARTER: Amsterdamn Pancake Experience
Best Presentation
Jesse Danzig: Split-It Credit Card System





2009 Winners



First Place
MONICA OH: Laptop Tray Bag

Monica fashioned a laptop bag that converts into a laptop tray. In the bag position, the item is flat on one side and contains a removable pillow on the other; the laptop sits between the tray and the pillow. Once users arrive at their destination, they simply unzip the bag and fold down the corners. The bag is flipped inside and turns into a tray, complete with a pillow for the lap and a hard, stable surface for computers to rest on.




2008 Winners



First Place
DAVID RASKIN: Interactive TV

A viewer would be able to click on a product seen on TV, and then buy it through the TV. The charge would simply be put on their next cable bill. This would work for almost every product seen in TV or movies.

Second Place
ANDREW KAMAR: Advanced Visual Warning System

My idea is called the Advanced Visual Warning System. Its purpose is to give a heads up warning to commuters that an emergency vehicle is approaching. Light units placed on top of intersection poles will be triggered when an emergency vehicle comes within a certain distance. This can prevent emergency/commuter related accidents and allow for a safer, faster rescue.

Third Place
Luis Villaneda: LaZonaClasificada.com

LaZonaClasificada.com is a Spanish Language classified website created for and by Hispanics. The name LaZonaClasificada.com translates to The Classified Zone. This idea was spawned by the idea that Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the U.S. and they have not been serviced in the area of online classifieds thus far. LaZonaClasificada.com will fill this vacuum and create a real online community for the Hispanic population in the U.S. and across the Americas.

Best Presentation
Buddy Dillenberg: Diamond Shuttle

This idea will provide environmentally safe shuttle buses on the LMU campus. At regular intervals the two buses will depart from the main campus and transport students to University Hall. This will alleviate the problem of students who have to circle the parking lots for spaces, running late to class etc.

 

 

 

 


 

Best New Idea Winners



 

2007 Winner



Dwight Yorke

 

2007



First Place - Dwight Yorke
"Asthma Sound Indicator" Anson Innovations
Second Place - Janis Hebermehl
"Leash Lift"
Third Place - Trevor Hightower

2006

 

First Place - Ravesh Ram
"Backup Pal" One Touch Cellular Phone Backup
Second Place - Lisbeth Marchioli
"Artcycle" Social Entrepreneurship Business
Third Place - Brian Caynan
"LTL" Social Entrepreneurship Business




 

2005


First Place - Suzanne Zurfluh
Touch Up Paint Pen
Second Place - Rajveer Tut, Joe Mock, Joe Weber, Kevin Robinson, Aquila Blakey
Third Place - Garett Awad

 

 

 

2004



First Place - Scott Wilson
Beverage Caddy
Second Place - Ahmed Moelej
Third Place - Andre Dykhno

 

 

2003



First Place - Shelby Plotkin
Digital Water Temperature Control
Second Place - Mike Morris
Third Place - Alissa Zito

 

 

2002



First Place - Gerald Grembos
Executive Tie Clasp
Second Place - Kenny Nguyen, Justin Moreno

 

 

2001



First Place -James Farris
Bicycle Tie Down
Second Place - Anuj Bhargava
Third Place - Ekaterina Konavalova

 

 

2000



First Place - Larry Denyer
Second Place - Michael Trevor
Third Place - Christine Brasil

 

 

1999


First Place - Vincent Kostiw
"Legatus Memorial.com"
Second Place - David Lesser
"Playball.com"
Third Place - Ted Baker
"The Safety Stick"