Students win first and second at business competition

Jason Sissing, far left, won first prize and Jacob Hall, second from left, won second place.
Jason Sissing, far left, won first prize and Jacob Hall, second from left, won second place.
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A Grand Valley State University student took first place at the 4th annual Regional Idea Pitch Competition held at Aquinas College November 7.

Jason Sissing competed against students from areas colleges and universities including Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, Hope and GRCC to win the top prize of $1,500. Sissing, and the other participants, had only 90 seconds to pitch their innovative idea for a new project, service or business to a panel of veteran judges, without the use of props or a powerpoint.

Sissing, a senior from Holland and a marketing major, won the competition with his idea called “Pop-Top,” a redesign to plastic cup lids to make them easier to handle.

Another Grand Valley student, Jacob Hall, also competed and won second place and $1,000. Hall, a senior from Grandville and an engineering major, pitched his idea called “Capable Solutions,” a project to modify a vehicle for children with disabilities to make it easier to drive and operate.

The competition was sponsored by West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group and Ernst & Young, LLP.

For more information, contact Grand Valley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Seidman College of Business at (616) 331-7582.